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ASEF Cultural Grants 2003

50th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia

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14 Jun 03 - 02 Nov 03 Asia-Europe Foundation Culture Department Visual Arts Culture

Venice (Italy)

ASEF, in partnership with 50th International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy from 14th June to 2nd November, 2003 - La Biennale di Venezia, offered ASEF Cultural Grants to Asian young artists for their participation in the project UTOPIA STATION. This project is curated by Molly Nesbit (art historian), Hans Ulrich Obrist (curator) and Rirkrit Tiravanija (artist).

The exhibition was held at the Arsenale Area of the Venice Biennale. The concept of this event centres on the project `The Land' that was initiated two years ago from Rirkrit Tiravanija and other Thai artists of the Chiangmai vicinity. Since then, `The Land' has been a place where artists from all over the world have travelled to exchange ideas and realise projects. The UTOPIA STATION in Venice presents architectural and other `utopian' projects that have been realised at `The Land'. The projects realised at UTOPIA STATION will travel throughout Asia in the near future.

Invited artists under the ASEF Cultural Grants Programme included Shimabuku, Japan; Yang Fudong, China; Ma Qingyun, China; Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Thailand; Wong Hoy Cheong, Malaysia and the Indonesian Collective TUK.

A panel discussion with the granted artists from Asia was organised at the Arsenale on 14th June, during the opening of the Venice Biennale.