For the 5th year in a row as ART HK's official education partner, Asia Art Archive presents Backroom Conversations, a series of discussions in which leading experts and practitioners in the contemporary art field consider key issues affecting the art world. For the second year, the ‘AAA Burger Collection Keynote Lecture’ honours a significant voice in the field today and ‘Open Platform’ selects projects from around the world that demand to be heard.

The Collection as Social Sculpture

The term 'collection' today is commonly understood to refer to an entity that acquires, stores, and lends works of art. This panel will ask what might happen when a private collection expands upon such known tasks to become more broadly enmeshed in the social fabric. What transformations are necessary for the collection to eventually become a social medium, engaging with the concerns of civil society?


Rahaab Allana, Curator, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi
Toby Kamps, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Menil Collection, Houston
Fram Kitagawa, Chairman of Art Front Gallery Co. Ltd.; President of Gendaikikakushitsu Publishers; General Director for Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial; General Director for Setouchi International Art Festival


Daniel Kurjakovic, Curator/Head of Programs, Burger Collection, Hong Kong


In conjunction with ART HK 12
Sponsored by Home Affairs Bureau
Additional support from Burger Collection, Platform, Yana & Stephen Peel
Media Partners: ArtAsiaPacific, Time Out