Multi-culti Art?

How open is Berlin to so-called non-western cultures and art? Put down your paintbrushes, get offline and join this free and open art discussion to share your opinion!

This Wednesday (June 27, 2012) you have the chance to meet Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, the director of the unique Berlin art space Savvy Contemporary, who will be holding a free and open discussion at Berlinische Galerie’s Cafe Dix. The discussion aims to bring very important questions back to the table as it asks: In a  completely globlized world, are there still discrepancies between “western art” and “non-western art“?

A Brief History Lesson

With colonization in the Global South, Europeans started to collect curious fragments from other countries. Later, they founded museums of national history, where they displayed the collected artifacts, deemed as “primitive” at the time. It wasn’t until the 20th century that the art from different cultures gained another status, that is, when avant-garde artists began to rediscover African art and use it as a source of inspiration. On the other hand, art all over the world was being influenced by European art. The European model for art education was definitely hegemonic, changing the art concept in many other cultures.

But what is the current situation?
On this coming Wednesday you can find out the answer while attending a talk between the artist Thomas Eller and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung. Every two months Savvy Contemporary promotes exhibitions that create a dialogue between western and non-western art. Examining the gap in the artistic production between Europe/America and the rest of the world, they will discuss important notions related to it. The goal is to promote an exchange between different cultures and analyze how the art scene in Berlin is changing.
This is surely a very interesting and important matter. We want to know what you think! Are these labels still necessary? Is there still a gap in the art production around the world? If yes, how can Berlin overcome it?
  • Berlinische Galerie Demonstrate! Talk with Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung June 27th 2012, 7pm