Rolex Honors William Kentridge’s First Large-scale Exhibition In China

Beijing, June 26, 2015. Rolex is proud to support South African artist William Kentridge’s solo exhibition ‘Notes Toward a Model Opera’ at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing from June 27th.
   Kentridge is a world-renowned South African artist. Because of participating in the Rolex Creative Recommendation Funding Program, he became associated with the Swiss watch industry leader Rolex and served as the young Colombian artist Mateo Lopez from 2012 to 2013. López).
   This exhibition is Mr. Kentridge’s first large-scale solo exhibition in China. By supporting this historic Beijing exhibition, Rolex is demonstrating its continued commitment to the promotion of human cultural heritage, and its continued support for excellence and achievement. This is where Rolex’s key values ​​are.
   This solo exhibition will feature William Kentridge’s major works over the past 25 years and new works created especially for Chinese audiences. The exhibition will run until August 30th, and will be toured in Nanjing Sifang Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul National Museum of Modern Art, and other Asian venues.
   Asian audiences first encountered William Kentridge’s work at the innovative and breakthrough 2000 Shanghai Biennale. At the time, Mr. Kentridge expressed multiple topics in a variety of visual languages. Many visitors were deeply impressed by this unique way attract.
   Rebecca Irvine, deputy director of Rolex’s public relations image department, said that Rolex is honored to be associated with this outstanding South African artist. ‘William Kentridge has unique creative skills and applies them to multiple art media. His work has long shown a unique resonance with China, and this exhibition will continue this resonance .Williams is a model mentor to the Rolex Creative Advice Funding Program, and we are honored to once again support his cause and allow thousands of visitors to appreciate his outstanding talent. ‘
   This Beijing exhibition also has a special link, which is the conversation between Mr. Kentridge and Mateo Lopez-‘From the studio as a methodology: Kentridge talks to Lopez’. In addition, Mr. Lopez will also hold two seminars to communicate with local students. The two worked closely together during a one-year art direction. Mr Lopez recently commented: ‘I have to say that working with William is an extremely valuable experience in my artist’s life.’
   Asian mentors and students who have participated in the Rolex Creative Arts Recommendation Funding Program include: Zhang Yimou (Film Tutor, Mainland China), Lin Huaimin (Dance Instructor, Taiwan), Meijima Kazuyo (Architecture Instructor, Japan), Sasuke Kawahara (Dance Instructor, Japan), Handa Shinki (visual art student, Japan), Sanjiga (dance student, China) and Zhao Yang (architect student, China).
   The Rolex Creative Funding Program is grateful to the members of the Advisory Board for their generous support, time and effort, and outstanding artists and practitioners for nominating and recommending mentor candidates, so that the Asian region has its rightful place in the program. Members of the advisory board from Asia include: Xu Bing (Mainland China), Lin Zhaohua (Mainland China), Lin Zhaoliang (Taiwan, currently living in the United States) and Cai Guoqiang (Mainland China, currently living in the United States).
Rolex Creative Funding Program
   The Rolex Creative Funding Program is designed to ensure the inheritance of artistic traditions around the world, thereby making a significant contribution to global culture. This program allows mentors and students from seven fields of architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theater, and visual arts to conduct one-year one-on-one creative collaborations. Since its founding in 2002, this biennial philanthropic program has established a distinguished art community that connects artists around the world. The Rolex Creative Advice Funding Program has attracted some of the world’s leading artists as mentors, including: Margaret Atwood, John Baldessari, Tahar Ben Jaylen (Tahar Ben Jelloun), Trisha Brown, Patrice Chéreau (deceased), Sir Colin Davis (deceased), Anna Te Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Olafur Eliasson, Brian Eno, Hans Maglus Enzensberg ( Hans Magnus Enzensberger, William Forsythe, Stephen Frears, Gilberto Gil, William Kentridge, Sir Peter Hall (Sir Peter Hall), David Hockney, Rebecca Horn, Lin Huaimin, Alessandro Gonzales Inarito nzález Iñárritu), Anish Kapoor, Jiří Kylián, Toni Morrison, Walter Murch, Milla Nair ( Mira Nair, Youssou N’Dour, Jessye Norman, Michael Ondaatje, Alexei Ratmansky, Kay Kaija Saariaho, Martin Scorsese, Kazuyo Sejima, Peter Sell ars, Álvaro Siza), Wole Soyinka, Julie Taymor, Saburo Teshigawara, Jennifer Tipton, Kate Valk ), Mario Vargas Llosa, Robert Wilson, Zhang Yimou, Pinchas Zukerman, and Peter Zumthor .
   Rolex is known worldwide for its superb craftsmanship and expertise. Its waterproof Oyster watch is a symbol of excellence, performance and dignity. Rolex pioneered the development of watches as early as 1905, and successfully launched a number of major watchmaking innovations. In addition, Rolex actively supports the arts, adventure, sports, and environmental causes through sponsorship and charity programs.