China is booming. Also culture is in movement in China. It is being transformed and in continuous exchange with the global art world – Chinese artists are acknowledged abroad and international architects are building in China. Galleries, art fairs and biennials are being founded in Beijing and Shanghai. The artist Ai Weiwei and the architect Yung Ho Chang embody a new generation of creative minds in China whose work is rooted abroad and in China. Both pursue their professions internationally and are also perceived at that level.
They discuss the background and effects of this rapid change and the relationship between art, architecture and politics. They also examine the role of the media and the Chinese and international public in their conversations with the collector Uli Sigg (an expert on Chinese art) and Peter Pakesch (the head of the Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz).