Art Forum


Symposium "Language in the Arts - Presence and Future"

in Antibes, France at the Fondation Hartung-Bergman

 From July 25 to July 27, 2014, the Fondation Hartung-Bergman will host an intense conversation on the subject of "Language in the Arts". The artistic campus with studios, a library, apartments and a pool has been designed by Hans Hartung and his wife and colleague Anna-Eva Bergman since 1969. We consider the Foundation an ideal location for such an event. The new director of the Fondation Hartung-Bergman, Thomas Schlesser, is welcoming a number of international experts.

The Fondation Hartung-Bergman will jointly collaborate with the Written Art Foundation in Frankfurt am Main, an organization to foster exhibitions and publications on "Written Art".

The symposium shall be dedicated to "Language" in the sense of written and spoken text, its meaning, understanding, and expression in Western as well as Far Eastern contemporary art.

For the non-public symposium, we invited international artists and specialists in the field, i.e. the Chinese artists Liu Dan and Qiu Zhijie, or art historian and deputy director of the Centre Pompidou, Catherine David. During the two days, the symposium is meant to exchange and share the knowledge how the past and present aspects of Written Art in Europe, the US and the Far East develop into the future. A publication is planned.

List of Participants: 

  • Nancy Berliner, Writer and Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Chang Tsong-Zung, Writer, Curator and Founder of Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
  • Catherine David, Art Historian and Curator, Deputy Director of Musée national d'art moderne/Centre Pompidou
  • Bernard Derderian, Chief Curator, Fondation Hartung Bergman, Antibes
  • Stephen J. Goldberg, Professor for Asian Art History, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York
  • Thomas Kellein, Art Historian, Writer, Curator and Art Advisor, Berlin
  • André Kneib, Artist, Curator and Teacher at INALCO and Université de Paris 4-Sorbonne, Paris
  • Liu Dan, Artist, Beijing
  • Michael Oppitz, Ethnologist, Writer and Film Maker, Berlin
  • Qiu Zhijie, Artist and Teacher, Beijing