Venue: UCCA Auditorium, 798 Art District, Beijing
Dean, School of Sociology, Zhejiang University
Max Palevsky Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago
Dean, School of Philosophy, Fudan University
About the series:
From June 2023 to February 2024, “Modern Time: Masterpieces from the Collection of Museum Berggruen / Nationalgalerie Berlin” will be held at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Shanghai and Beijing. It features nearly 100 works from 20th century modern art masters. During this period, an irreconcilable split occurred between a phase of modernity in Western civilization and modernity as an aesthetic concept: the former continued the worship of reason and an aspiration for a progressive view of history, while the latter, as avant-garde art, represented an attitude rooted in anti-bourgeois sentiment and a distrust of the idea of “modern civilization.” The Berggruen Research Center at Peking University, together with UCCA will present a series of academic lectures from July 2023 to early 2024 which will explore topics in intellectual history, philosophy, religion, and other fields. Prominent scholars will share their academic practices, allowing us to collectively clarify the true essence of this complex theme of modernity.