Public Sector
  • The Public Sector will showcase outdoor projects, such as larger scale sculptures and installations and introduce the public to the notion of public art. With art being increasingly connected to market value and collectors’ worth, the meaning of art for the public to see and appreciate will be newly negotiated by selecting art works that establish a dialog with their immediate surrounding. 

    Public Sector 2020

    The Public Sector 2020 will continue to draw attention to bigger artworks and installations set against unexpected open air backdrops across 798 Art Zone.

    Sculpted | Form (Su | Xiang)

    Su (sculpt, shape) nods to the way that the machinations of the professional art world dictate and shape art making itself. It’s a process: a concept is formed in the artist’s mind, materialized at the artist’s studio, and fleshed out and examined in the field of art criticism. Xiang (form, image) refers to art as it’s presented in front of the viewers. The mission of the Public Sector is to elicit thinking about the presentation and interpretation of the art along these lines. We aspire to create a bridge between art and the public, to engage the public in organic ways, and to enrich the artwork’s cultural contribution and relevance to daily life.

    Public art should not simply mean independent, isolated fixtures planted in public spaces. It should epito- mize the public’s cultural life. The significance of public art lies beyond people’s daily interaction with it. Rather, the public’s thinking, imagination and creativity inspired by the public art piece should come togeth- er and transform the personality of a specific public space.

    Compared to a decade ago, people are not as intimidated by contemporary art exhibitions or spaces. As the public’s awareness of civil rights develops, people also increasingly hope to participate in the discourse of art as either creators or critics. We believe that the public’s active participation in art is conducive to the formation of public subjectivity and narrative in a modern society.

    The Public Sector of Gallery Weekend Beijing 2020 presents public art projects that pertain to and com- municate with the public’s cultural identity and lifestyle, and have certain interactive aspects that enable visitors to engage the pieces. While respecting artists’ intentions and curators’ theses, we may also incor- porate the public’s readings of and reactions to the art pieces into the art’s meaning. The art world can find potential in the public’s shared cultural knowledge, which will provide a value system that creates new momentum in the art.

    Curator:You Yang

    You Yang has worked for over a decade at various art institutions. He has been deeply involved in many aspects of the art world, serving as an administrator, columnist, curator, lecturer, and public relations and marketing consultant. He has worked with numerous museums and major art programs as a project planner and consultant.

    In addition to his extensive experience in curation, exhibition planning, and marketing, You is a well-known writer and columnist. His writings focus on contemporary urban cultural studies, consumer behavior, and art in the urban public space. He has published more than 100 articles, including academic monographs, columns, and essays for exhibition catalogues. Having led the public programs, business development, and marketing and communications departments at the UCCA, as well as the design store, he now serves as Director of the UCCA Lab, specializing in strategically expanding and positioning the museum’s platform.