80 AICA members from 26 countries participated in the XXXVIII Convention of the International AICA, held in Taipei from 30 November to 6 December 2004 and organized by the Taiwanese AICA section. German art criticism was represented by AICA general secretary Marie Luise Syring (Dusseldorf) as well as Evelyn Weiss (Bonn) and Noemi Smolik (Bonn), among others.
In his statement of accounts, AICA president Henry Meyric Hughes (London) emphasized AICA’s obligation to stand by persecuted colleagues around the world, recent areas of concern including the Ivory Coast, Hong Kong and Haiti. The president showed relief that the discussion about the new statutes has finally been concluded. Meyric Hughes also addressed the German AICA paperback series “Schriften zur Kunstkritik” (“Writings on Art Criticism”), currently comprising 14 volumes, and expressed regret that there are no funds to “translate such works into other languages” and to publish them.
Treasurer Angelica Bäumer (Vienna) notified members that due to the weak dollar, AICA will no longer use US currency as the method of payment for national sections, and will only accept dues paid in euro. The general assembly unanimously decided to raise the 2005 fees due to Paris to 30 euro per year for wealthier countries and 20 euro for developing countries. National sections which have not paid dues for two years are to be temporarily excluded from AICA. Their members may pay dues to Paris individually, and will then be apportioned to the “free section.”
The convention’s theme, “The Regionalisation of Art Criticism: Its Possibility and Global Positioning” was treated in two symposia. Symposium I was held 2 – 4 December in Taipei, symposium II from 7 – 9 December in Kaohsiung.
A pre-convention on 30 November and 1 December presented the opportunity to visit the exhibition “Taiwan Avant-Garde Documenta II,” the National Palace Museum, the Yingge Ceramics Museum and the Juming Museum. On one of the following evenings, the highlight was a visit to the Taipei Biennial.
A trip from the north into southern Taiwan was offered post-convention from 6 – 9 December, with tours of the City Craft Museum and the Railway Warehouse in Hsinchu, the alternative exhibition spaces in Stock 20 in Taichung, the National University of Arts and the Nan-Ying Tsung-Yeh Cultural Center in Tainan, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Kaohsiung.
The XXXIX AICA convention, entitled “Art Criticism and Art Theory,” will be held from 19 - 25 September 2005 in Ljubljana (Slovenia). The AICA headquarters in Paris has moved, and can now be reached at the following address: 32 rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris.
Bonn/Dusseldorf/Cologne, January 2005
MARIE LUISE, SYRING EVELYN WEISS