Art and artists are the places and people that can show us how the world is changing. Given the rapid economic advances in Asia over the past 20 years, it seems essential that new cultural connections are build across the continent so that we can all gain a greater understanding of what is happening at the roots of Asia's different societies. The Multitude Art Prize offers a wonderfully multi-faceted project to achieve this. With its nomadic exhibition and discussion programme, Multitude can build up a series of rich encounters across Asia and offer a unique new insight into what our collective future might hold.”
Charles Esche, Director, Van Abbemuseum


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The First Edition of MAP

First Edition of the Multitude Art Prize

DATE: 27-28 April 2013
VENUE: Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing

Award Ceremony and Exhibition - 27 April, 2013

The Multitude Art Prize is presented to five winning artists, followed by the opening of the exhibition of their works. This represents a cross section of the most inspiring art emerging from Asia today. The works shall also form the backdrop for the discourse programme.

Multitude Conference - 28 April, 2013
Discourse topic:

“We do not have any models to offer for this event. Only the multitude through its practical experimentation will offer the models and determine when and how the possible becomes real.” Hardt and Negri

The Multitude Art Prize aims to explore the relevance of contemporary culture in regions undergoing different forms of political, economic, and cultural change.

2013 topic

Contemporary art institutions are the interface between cultural ideas and publics, and have the vital role of using these ideas to engage the multitude. The question for institutions in different regions of Asia is what constitutes ‘the commons’ for them, and what their thinking is on creating cultural relevance. In other words, how does an institution help make culture matter for their society? As each Asian region faces vastly different challenges, the answers and solutions shall be significantly different. MAP’s discourse programme, "Towards a Museum of the Commons and its Vocabulary", shall bring together a panel of speakers from all over Asia to discuss these issues with speakers from L’Internationale institutions.


We shall publish a full list of speakers soon.