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February 12, 2007
Alcoa Foundation Sponsors First Survey of American Art With Guggenheim in China
PITTSBURGH--Alcoa Foundation today announced it will be the lead sponsor of the
first survey of American art ever to be presented in the People’s
Republic of China.
This important exhibition of art works, "Art in America: 300 Years of
Innovation” which opens in National Art Museum
of China from February 10th 2007 is organized
by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York in partnership with
the Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago.
“Alcoa congratulates the Guggenheim team for
assembling this thought-provoking, and impressive exhibition and looks
forward to sharing these rich representations of the American experience
with Chinese audiences,” said Alain Belda,
Alcoa Chairman and CEO. “This is the most
significant grouping of American art ever shown in China and an
excellent opportunity for Alcoa Foundation to lead in bringing these
experiences and cultural insights for communities and people of China.”
“Alcoa Foundation is pleased be the lead
sponsor of this exceptional event,“ said Meg
McDonald, President of Alcoa Foundation.
Alcoa Foundation’s involvement in this project
was inspired by the successful experience of sponsorship of the
Guggenheim exhibition RUSSIA!, which brought together national
treasures that engaged the imagination of a record number of Americans
to enjoy and learn about the Russian art and culture.
“Alcoa Foundation is pleased to support
another important Guggenheim cultural exchange, Art in America: Three
Hundred Years of Innovation,”Ms McDonald
said. “This visually rich exhibition tells
the story of the natural, economic, political and cultural experience of
America and its people as expressed through its artists. It truly brings
together the variety and vastness of the nation and its history.”
Art in America, comprised of artworks selected from collections
throughout the United States and Europe, will be the most significant
display of American art presented to communities in China. A
comprehensive educational program has co-operatively developed
interpretive materials and educational activities for Chinese audiences.
To stimulate a dynamic cross-cultural exchange, the exhibition includes
significant outreach programs, training and public symposiums with an
on-site museum program and public activities relevant to the regional
audiences of the host venues. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the
Terra Foundation for American Art, and the National Art Museum of China
intend to sustain the impact of the exhibition through a library
For over 55 years Alcoa Foundation has been a source for positive change
in communities around the world. In 2006 alone, Alcoa Foundation made
US$26 million in grants for social, educational and environmental
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of our goal to be the best company where we operate.
The Art in America: Three Hundred Years of Innovation exhibition
premieres in Beijing at the National Art Museum of China, from February
10 through April 5, 2007, and travels to Shanghai at the Shanghai Museum
and the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, from May 1 to June 30,
2007. Art in America: Three Hundred Years of Innovation features
approximately 130 important works of American art spanning the Colonial
period to the present age, focusing on painting drawn from major U.S.
and European collections, including the Terra Foundation and Guggenheim
Foundation. President George H. W. Bush is Honorary Chair of the
Honorary Committee for Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation,
The Honorary Committee includes: The Honorable and Mrs. Clark T. Randt,
U.S. Ambassador to China; The Honorable Sun Jiazheng, Minister of
Culture, P.R.C; and The Honorable Zhou Wenzhong, Ambassador of the
P.R.C. to the U.S.