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Young Art in Liverpool
Deutsche Bank Sponsors Exhibitions in European Capital of Culture 2008




New Middle Kingdom: Dialogues in Contemporary Chinese Art,
exhibition vie, Royal Liver Building, Liverpool

As the European Capital of Culture 2008, Liverpool is mounting myriad art events including the first large-scale Klimt retrospective in England and a show featuring new videos by Pipilotti Rist. Contemporary Chinese art is also on the agenda, which is only fitting, as the port city is home to Great Britain’s oldest Chinese community. New Middle Kingdom: Dialogues in Contemporary Chinese Art, sponsored by Deutsche Bank, is presenting a selection of young artists who in installations, photographic works, and paintings investigate the rapid changes taking place in their home country and the question of Chinese identity in today’s globalized world. Anthony Francis, the curator of the exhibition, has a very good knowledge of the contemporary Chinese art scene. The painter worked as artist in residence in Beijing in 2006.



New Middle Kingdom: Dialogues in Contemporary Chinese Art,
exhibition vie, Royal Liver Building, Liverpool


Francis, a graduate of the London Royal Academy of Arts, was able to realize the extensive exhibition thanks to the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award. Last year, he received the prize for New Middle Kingdom. With the award, endowed with 8,000 British Pounds, Deutsche Bank has promoted young creative people after completion of their studies at one of London’s most prestigious institutes of higher learning. The project was additionally funded by Deutsche Bank’s Tilney Private Wealth Management. As a result, it could be realized in the atrium of the Royal Liver Building, where the company has its seat. The architectural symbol of the city, with 13 stories and an amazing mix of art nouveau, baroque, and Byzantine styles, was built on the banks of the Mercey River in 1911.

For New Middle Kingdom, Anthony Francis had access to works from the collection of the Red Mansion Foundation. The non-profit organization, which promotes artistic exchange between China and Great Britain, possesses one of the most important collections of contemporary Chinese art. Following his Far East project, Anthony Francis is devoting his second curatorial effort in the Royal Liver Building to young London artists. With Super-Cilia, he is bringing the 2008 Pyramid Award winners to the European Capital of Culture.

New Middle Kingdom: Dialogues in Contemporary Chinese Art
June 11 to July 4, 2008

Super-Cilia
July 18 to August 29, 2008

Royal Liver Building
Pier Head
Liverpool









New Middle Kingdom: Dialogues in Contemporary Chinese Art,
exhibition vie, Royal Liver Building, Liverpool





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