Focusing on the Power of Innovation, TANC ASIA PRIZE 2015 Is Ready to Go


Oct, 2015 – Modern Media Group, together with its premier international art publication The Art Newspaper China, are honoured to announce that the TANC ASIA PRIZE 2015 will be held in November, 2015 in Shanghai. TANC ASIA PRIZE 2015’s programming is made possible thanks to the invaluable support of Shanghai 21 Century Minsheng Museum and exclusive sponsorship from Lincoln, the world famous luxury automobile brand.

Following its success in 2014 during Art Basel Hong Kong, the award will continue the aim of promoting communication and development in art and culture across Asia and encouraging artistic research and exchange.

The TANC ASIA PRIZE 2015 focuses on the power of innovation and the questions that arise from it: What kind of energy do art works, exhibitions and critics deliver in the Asia region? How do innovations from other fields change the future of art?

Contributors from different industries with innovative ideas and practices have been invited as speakers at the “Power of Innovation” TANC art forum in the morning of November 22, which supplements the award. Japanese new media artist teamLab, Chinese artists Zhang Ding and Li Mu, director of Beijing Fine Art Academy Wu Hongliang, curator of M+, Museum of visual culture, Pauline Yao,China and Zurich based curator Li Zhenhua, contemporary art curator and critic DavideQuadrio, Chinese architect and founder of MAD architects, Ma Yansong, Documentary director, Kiki YU will be giving speeches at the forum.

As the highlight of the TANC Asia series of events, teamLab, the Japan based “Ultra-technological” artist group will present an interactive installation artwork entitled “What a Loving and Beautiful World”. TeamLabis a collaborative, interdisciplinary creative group that brings together professionals from various fields of practice in the digital society: artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers and editors. They are driven by the notions that, once new technology reconnects with art, the art scene will glow with vitality.

In 2015, 9 prizes will be awarded, covering 5 categories: institution, project, exhibition, curator and artist. Organized by Modern Media Group, an international jury consisting of the most authoritative and influential experts in the field will select the winners. Awards will go to those who have displayed pioneering creativity and an impetus towards popularizing art in the greater China region since 2014. The winners will be announced at the awarding ceremony on 22nd November, 2015.

This year, the jury consists of: (without precedent)
•Wu Hung, Professor at the Art History Department of Chicago University
•Wang Huangsheng, Director of CAFA (The Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts)
•Karen Smith, Director of OCAT (Contemporary Art Terminal, Xi’an), Art Critic
•Philip Tinari, Director of UCCA (Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art)
•Anna Somers Cocks –Founder editor and now CEO of The Art Newspaper
•Thomas Shao, the Chairman of Modern Media Group
• Ye Ying, Editor of ‘The Art Newspaper China’

Shanghai, a welcoming cosmopolis and one of the most active areas in Asia, is drawing attention to its art scene from all over the world. As a significant cultural event, the TANC ASIA PRIZE 2015 will attract participation from artists, curators, media, collectors, directors from varied institutions and elites from the cultural, business and fashion industries both at home and abroad.

The sponsor of the TANC Asia Prize, Lincoln, is a luxury brand with a rich history at Ford Motor Company spanning nearly a hundred years. Its advanced technology and customized user experience has gained a supreme reputation among consumers in the luxury vehicle market.

As concierge and display car for the event, the newly launched Lincoln MKX series, with its elegant industrial design, perfectly fuses artistic innovation with industrial mechanics. Lincoln has devoted great efforts to support the TANC Asia Prize events. Consequently, one of the most important prizes carries the name “Lincoln Curator’s Prize”, corresponding to the brand’s persistent support for modern art and culture.

The Art Newspaper China Art Forum

“Power of Innovation”
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 am, 22 November 2015
Venue: Main hall, 1F, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Museum,1929ShijiDadao,Pudong District, Shanghai
Please email for RSVP in advance due to limited seats.

Multimedia Interactive Installation Artwork ‘What a loving and beautiful world’First Exhibition in China
Artist: teamLab
Time: 1:00pm- 6:00pm* Nov. 22 only.
Venue: Main Hall, 1F, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Museum,1929ShijiDadao,Pudong District, Shanghai
Free to public.

TANC Asia Prize 2015 Award Giving Gala Dinner
Time: 7:00pm- 9:00pm
Venue: Main Hall, 1F, Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Museum,1929ShijiDadao,Pudong District, Shanghai
Invitation only.

Notes to Editors

●About Modern Media Group

The Group is a leading integrated communication media enterprise with a multi-media platform comprised of established magazine portfolio, digital media, and TV media. It produces high quality content for segmented elite audiences in China and provides onestop marketing solutions for brand marketers. The publication and operation of print, digital, and TV media in PRC and Hong Kong are its principal engagements. The Group’s strong magazine portfolio includes two weekly magazine leaders in China – “周末画报” (Modern Weekly) and “优家画报” (Modern Lady Weekly), one bi-weekly magazine offered in both Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese “商业周刊/中文版”, two local weeklies and eight strategically defined monthly or bi-monthly magazines for different segmented elites in the PRC and Hong Kong. Meanwhile, riding on strong media brands and resources, the Group also publishes a series of media apps, including “iWeekly”, “Bloomberg Businessweek/ China”, “iLady”, “LOHAS”, and “iMagazine”etc. on iPhone &iPad. It also produces and distributes a series of lifestyle TV programs.

●About TheArtNewspaper China:

The Art Newspaper China isco–‐published by Modern Media Group and The Art Newspaper,a monthly newspaper with along‐standing history of over 30 years commentating onleading global art news and trends.

The Art Newspaper/Chinese Edition has received widespread praise and recognition from art professionals, collectors, artenthusiasts and cultural and business leaders since its launch in March 2013. It has quickly developed a reputation as the most serious and quality‐focused journalistic art media in the Chinese art world.

The Art Newspaper China is also proud to be the first Chinese‐language art title publishing in print and digital versions simultaneously, ensuring seamless integration of the online and offline worlds of arts information.Todate,thedigitalversion-iArt-has been downloaded 1.8 million times and featured as “the best art magazine” by the AppStore. It continues to hold first place as most downloaded art digital media.

The Art Newspaper/Chinese Edition is distributed monthly inconjunction with  Modern Weekly,LEAP and City Magazine, covering the regions of Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, with a total circulation of 1.1 million.

Thomas Shao serves as Publisher, Cao Dan as Executive Publisher, and Ye Ying as Editor‐in‐Chief.

●About Lincoln
Lincoln is the luxury automotive brand of Ford Motor Company, committed to creating compelling vehicles with an exceptional ownership experience to match. Lincoln vehicles are sold through an independent dealer network in China. For more information, please visit or Follow us on Weibo at