Opening of Annealing 2019
December 03, 2019
On November 3, 2019, Annealing 2019, the contemporary art project of Shanghai Museum of Glass was officially opened. The Museum was honoured to invite two artists, SUN Xun and Kelvin Kyung Kun PARK (Korea), to create under the mainline of glass. As a result, in the Contemporary Art Hall 18, two artists brought their solo exhibitions, Frontier Part II and Double Mirror respectively.
At 5 pm, the Artist Forum was held on the second floor of the newly renovated Murano Café & Restaurant. The Museum Director ZHANG Lin, the Art Project Director Lise LI, and the two artists in collaboration of Annealing 2019, SUN Xun and Kelvin Kyung Kun PARK attended the Artist Forum. Mr. ZHANG Lin mentioned that the fusion between glass, a usually mundane material, and contemporary art would be intriguing, and expressed his great expectations on the young Annealing Project. As Lise LI argued, the Annealing Project was not only a process of giving new concept on glass as a traditional material, but also breaking the boundary of contemporary art. SUN Xun noted that breaking the knowledge structure and experiential cognition, and blending one’s own ideas into glass creation is a process awkward yet interesting, a great challenge to artist’s mentality. Kelvin shared the anecdotes of cultural difference during the Annealing Project with the audience; therein glass has become the start point of a private perspective of looking into female characters.
In the evening, Shanghai Museum of Glass hosted the media, professional audience and art lovers to enjoy the opening, previewing the yearly Annealing Exhibition together. After the preview, the performance by sound artist WANG Changcun, musician pink; money and ollo-MAM brought the audience a lively after party until late night, and the opening ended successfully.
As a project applying the museum’s mission, Annealing aims to not only presenting object-focused and visually pleasant exhibitions but also bringing a thought-provoking and soul-touching experience to the public. Out of the comfortable zone and beyond the limits, Shanghai Museum of Glass will keep inviting more artists to plant vitality to artworks, and then to climb the highland of contemporary art.