CURRENTS facilitates and increases interaction between the Chinese and international art and music communities.
Fostering exchange and exhibitions of Chinese contemporary art in Brazil and Brazilian contemporary art in China.
Sarina Tang is a curator, philanthropist, and the founder and President of a not for profit foundation Currents Art and Music.
Born in Shanghai, raised in Sao Paulo, she studied History of Art at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She has lived in New York since the 1970s, continuously surveying contemporary art in international settings, with residences in New York, Lucca, Italy, Rio de Janeiro, and until recently, in Beijing. Amongst her curatorial experience were exhibitions of Roy Lichtenstein at the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Singapore Art Museum, ‘Art in Use’ at the Hong Kong Arts Ceter. She has commissioned permanent installations of art in New York and other parts of the United States, as well as in Asia.
Currents Art and Music has hosted residencies for 10 artists from Brazil in China, and several from China in Brazil, resulting in multiple exhibitions for Song Dong in Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia in 2014 and 2015. Ms. Tang has long been aware of the lack of cultural exchange between Brazil and China. She has focused in the past decade to develop a focus and expertise in contemporary art by Chinese and Brazilian artists, countries connected to her personal background.
Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Itamaraty, awarded Ms. Tang the first Prize for Cultural Diplomacy in 2016.
She is the Chair of the Leadership Council for Independent Curators International and a member of the Library Council for the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ms. Tang is a member of the International Council of the Sao Paulo Bienal.
Co-organized by Currents Art and Music, and co-curated by Sarina Tang, ‘Troposphere’ is an exhibition held at the Beijing Minsheng Art Museum from December 9, 2017 until March 3rd, 2018. This is the first ever institutional Brazilian artists group exhibition in China. 21 Brazilian artists’ works were selected, paired with those of 21 Chinese artists, showing paintings, sculpture, photography, video and installations, including several created for ‘Troposphere’.
As a result of the overwhelming impact of ‘Troposphere’ in Beijing, a new version of the exhibition will be presented at the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, to open on June 29, 2019.
Members of the Board
Sarina Tang, President
Barbara Hoffman, Secretary
Marie-Monique Steckel, Treasurer