In Conversation with UCCA Center for Contemporary Art

2024-07-14 04:11:09

Philip Tinari, Kamini Sawhney

In Conversation with UCCA Center for Contemporary Art


October 11, 2023    
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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UCCA Beijing, Photograph by Sun Shi, Courtesy of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art.

This episode of MAP’s Director’s Cut series features Philip Tinari, Director of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art.

UCCA Center for Contemporary Art is one of China’s leading contemporary art institutions, committed to bringing the best in art to a wider audience. Having organised a wide range of exhibitions, public programmes, and research initiatives for more than one million visitors each year across three locations, UCCA works towards bringing China into the global cultural conversation through contemporary art. During Philip Tinari’s tenure, UCCA has mounted over seventy exhibitions and thousands of public programmes, bringing artistic voices (established and emerging, Chinese and international), to a wider set of audience.

The Director’s Cut series, anchored by MAP’s Director, Kamini Sawhney, offers a glimpse into how the institution of the museum is being reimagined and reinvented today. It presents a unique opportunity to hear from reputed practitioners in museums around the world, as they reflect on their institutional experiences, behind-the-scenes challenges, unique initiatives, and more.


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Philip Tinari

Director and Chief Executive of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing

Philip Tinari is the Director and Chief Executive of the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Since joining in 2011, he has led its transformation into China’s leading independent contemporary art institution, with an annual audience of over one million visitors. Tinari was the founding editor of the magazine LEAP, contributing editor of Artforum, co-curator of the 2017 exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World” at the Guggenheim, and artistic director of the First Diriyah Biennale.

Kamini Sawhney

Director, MAP, Bengaluru

As the Museum of Art & Photography’s (MAP) first Director, Kamini Sawhney has brought together a young, inspired team that is focused on creating a new museum experience for audiences in India. In leading this founding team, Sawhney has helped shape a vision for MAP that seeks to inspire people to interact with art in ways that encourage humanity, empathy and a deeper understanding of the world we live in. She has been a vocal ambassador for MAP presenting the institution’s plans and aspirations at various fora including the India Art Fair, workshops at the CSMVS, Mumbai (Museums and the City), the Bangalore Literary Festival and the Bangalore International Centre.

In her earlier role, Kamini was the head of the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation – one of the premier private collections of Modern Indian Art, at the CSMVS, Mumbai, formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum. Bringing institutions together in collaborative projects has been one of her special skills enabling audiences in India the opportunity to enjoy several exhibitions in collaboration with Tate, London, Foam, Amsterdam, Duke University, Durham, the  KNMA, New Delhi and more. Sawhney was selected as one of the first candidates for the  Brooks fellowship at Tate Modern, London in 2014 in collaboration with the Delfina Foundation. In a previous avatar as a journalist and television anchor, Kamini was the Bureau Chief of NDTV, Mumbai one of India’s leading news channels where she reported on her whole range of events both political and cultural.

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