Meridian Day – Meridian Space Opening

Part 2: As the Sun Goes Down


Meridian Day – Meridian Space Opening
Part 1: Inspiration. Lunch. Meditation

An account of the long-awaited 24-hr opening party of Meridian Space,
which took place from 9 a.m., Saturday April 19th, to 9 a.m., Sunday April 20th, 2014.

Breakfast Inspiration Talk
– Breakfast Inspiration talk: “The Design of Everyday Life”
with Wang Hui and Beatrice Leanza

Meridian Space architect and interior designer Wang Hui (王晖) presented a morning talk, in C&C Café, on the inspiration he gets as a designer from everyday life objects conceived by normal people, often in remote areas of China. He discussed these ways of bridging “high” and “low” culture with Beatrice Leanza (毕月), who jointly runs the Beijing-based cultural consultancy BAO Atelier.

– Tasty lunch set, by Fatface

After such intense intellectual activity, the mouth-watering lunch set prepared by east-meets-west caterers Fatface Dining (胖脸儿) was all the more welcome — and thus, highly successful.

– “Springtime in a Cup of Tea” – Tea Ceremony by Dong Quanbin and Cha Xiaoyin

That afternoon, in the Meridian Workshop, a dozen people had the chance to participate in the traditional Chinese tea ceremony organised by Dong Quanbin (董全斌), a master porcelain craftsman from Jingdezhen. They drank from some beautiful Song-dynasty-style tea sets that he created, while he prepared infusions of top-grade, first-harvest springtime tea, and shared some of his encyclopedic tea-lore.

Meanwhile, another well-known tea expert, Cha Xiaoyin (茶小隐) showed some of the photos she took on her quest for special teas around the country.

 

More Pics!


On September 9th, the Meridian Club organized its first event, on the theme of “Art, Design and Business.”

Among our guests for this event were the renowned Chinese sculptors Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci, who founded the Xi Qi art brand. Through Xi Qi, they are carrying out a pioneering experiment in China, at the confluence of art and business.

Another one of our guests was Pr. Marco Meneguzzo, professor at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts of Milano, art critic and curator of the Venice Biennale. He is also a regular contributor to many artistic and cultural publications in Italy, such as “Alfabeta,” “Flash Art,” “Contemporanea,” “Avvenire,” “Arte,” “Abitare,” “Vogue Italia,” “Artforum,” etc.

The dialogue took place in an Italian-Chinese bilingual format. Qu Guangci presented a detailed account of the main challenges Chinese artists are faced with, in his opinion, when trying to establish new business models.

Pr. Meneguzzo, who has been to China on many occasions, and paid special attention to the Chinese contemporary art exhibited at the Venice Biennale, voiced a central opinion:

In the West, artworks are seldom considered an ordinary product, and an artist’s relationship with business is often deemed very delicate. But in China, this was never the case: artists are not respected on the basis of the novelty of their opinions, or because of their special understanding of anything; rather, the expression they give to harmony within society is the object of praise, and the value of their artworks is established by the awards received, among other tokens of honour.

He added that in China, innovation in the field of contemporary art, and especially that of artistic education, is hindered by the weight of art history.

Later on, an interesting debate also took place between Xiang Jing and Pr. Meneguzzo, on the topic of whether Chinese artists should engage with the existing artistic patterns and frameworks in the West on the terms of the latter, or whether they should use their own, newly-invented vocabulary.

Pr. Marco Meneguzzo

Our guest Marco Meneguzzo has just published a new essay of art criticism, entitled “A Brief History of the Globalization of Art (and of its Consequences).” Within it, chapters 5 and 6 are specifically focused on the encounter of China and the West.

Zhang Xiangdong, Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci

Zhang Xiangdong, Meridian co-founder and host of this event, together with sculptors Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci.

 

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The goal of Meridian时差 is to encourage fruitful encounters and exchanges overcoming barriers of language, culture, time and space.

From now on, the Meridian Club will hold one event per month, and enable creative people from China and the rest of the world to meet around a variety of different topics. Stay tuned!

Join us for the opening event of the Meridian Club!

“Art, Design and Business”
A Conversation

With:

• Pr. Marco Meneguzzo
Venice Biennale curator, specialist of the art market, Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milano

• Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci
Acclaimed sculptors and creators of arts brand Xi Qi

• Hong Huang
Publisher, founder of Brand New China

At a time when the consumer society interacts with artistic activities more deeply than ever, what transformations has the concept of artistic creation undergone?
What is the role of artists in such a state of things?
Will these transformations redefine the concepts of art and design?
Art, Design and Business: Which has the upper hand?

The expansion of the globalized economy has been a source of unprecedented changes within the field of arts – influencing classical art forms, and giving rise to many new artistic ideas and modes of expression. Simultaneously, the involvement of art in interdisciplinary exchanges has provided the fields of design and business with a new vitality.

Chinese artists and designers are attempting to set foot into this new world, on their own terms. What can be expected of their encounters and dealings with the established systems in Western countries?

These questions will be the object of an in-depth conversation among the four guests of our special panel: Marco Meneguzzo, Xiang Jing, Qu Guangci and Hong Huang.

Pr. Marco Meneguzzo is a curator of the Venice Biennale, a specialist of the art market and Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milano. Xiang Jing and Qu Guangci, celebrated Chinese sculptors, are the founders of the arts brand Xi Qi. Hong Huang is a publisher and the founder of the Brand New China designers concept shop.

September 9, 2012 – 3 to 5 pm
Reception Center, first floor, Bldg.18 – 郎园Vintage, Beijing

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