'Thermocline of Art: New Asian Waves' presents the first comprehensive view of of contemporary Asian art production, with more than 100 artists from around 20 Asian countries - from Japan to Korea to China, from Southeast Asia to Central Asia. The term "thermocline" refers to an oceanic phenomenon. When there is a dramatic change in the temperature of water, a maelstrom that has remained invisible until this point suddenly shoots out over the surface. The exhibition is meant to achieve a similar effect: a huge continent of art, which has remained hidden below the surface of observation, will now be made visible. Baden-Württemberg thus becomes an observatory of a global development in art. The themes are the dynamics and diversity of Asian religions and people, daily life in other cultures and with different ethics, other views of the individual and the community, humor and satire as answers to power and hierarchies, as well as conflicts between economics and religion, politics and culture.

Images of works in the present catalogue are accompanied by individual texts. With artist biographies.
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Seismic Shifts in 'Grand Narratives': Thermocline of Art. New Asian Waves

- Gregor JANSEN

The Creative Time of Thermocline: Conflicts between and Becomings of Different Time-Spaces

- RHEE Wonil, 이원일

What is Asia? Why is Asia?

- HUANG Du, 黃篤

Hong Kong: Re-claimed Time, Re-claimed Space

- Nicole WONG

Shifting Routes, Floating Continents


Contemporary Art in Singapore and Southeast Asia

- Eugene TAN, 陳維德

Everyday Life is Full Melancholy, But Also a Source of Infinite Inspiration, Leading to Small Revolution: Current Trend in Japanese Art

- Yukie KAMIYA, 神谷幸江

Unlimited - Political Art and Fresh Air

- PI Li, 皮力

Thai Contemporary Art in Post-Millennia Charm and Chasm

- Josef NG, 吳承祖

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