If you think about china not only at night, some people lose sleep: the explosive economic rise of this nation of 1.4 billion people seems too powerful, and western societies are too weak by contrast. But what about the beautiful arts? The chinese are known to have a soft spot for german composers and classics, but vice versa? Yes, the middle kingdom also has a thriving visual arts scene that goes far beyond the work of ai weiwei, who was omnipresent in this country at the time.
This is documented by exhibitions not in berlin or dusseldorf, but in six french cities of all places: roth, erlangen, bamberg, schweinfurt, ansbach, bayreuth. These under the signum "2. German-chinese art exchange" the exhibitions called "amplitude of difference" have a prehistory. In 2015, there was already an exchange between seven french cultural institutions, including the kunstverein bamberg and the berufsverband bildender kunstler in oberfranken (BBK), and the yunnan arts university in kunming. This is the capital of the southwestern chinese province of yunnan, whose four million inhabitants are roughly equivalent to the number in france. 10000 students study at the university where ma ning teaches, the initiator of chinese-french art contacts.