German-Chinese art project

Bringing German art to Beijing: KION Group sponsors exhibition

The KION Group is sponsoring a six-week art exhibition called ‘Germany 8 – German art in Beijing’, which aims to foster and advance intercultural dialogue between Germany and China. The exhibition will be unveiled on September 19, 2017 in eight major art museums across China’s capital city. KION Group’s Chinese anchor investor Weichai Power has also come on board as a sponsor of this binational art project.



“We are honored to be part of such a worthwhile event. By contributing to the art exhibition together with our strategic partner Weichai Power, we are building on the strong cultural links between our two companies and demonstrating that our cooperation is based on much more than business interests,” says Gordon Riske, CEO of the KION Group.

‘Germany 8’ is being jointly organized by the Bonn Foundation for Art and Culture and the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts. The aim of the exhibition is to give the Chinese public a representative insight into contemporary German art since the 1950s and an opportunity to experience Germany and its cultural diversity through the prism of art.

Around 320 art works by 55 artists are being displayed in eight Beijing museums from September 19 to October 31 – which is an exceptionally long time in the Beijing art scene. The featured artists, whose works are categorized by genre and theme, include Georg Baselitz, Alicja Kwade, David Schnell, and Rosemarie Trockel. The exhibition is the follow-up to the ‘China 8 – Contemporary Art from China’ exhibition, which successfully toured various cities in the Rhine and Ruhr regions in 2015.

A STILL forklift truck transports Michael Sailstorfer´s art work “Brenner 05 (2017)”
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Ching Pong Quek, KION Group’s Chief Asia Pacific Officer, is looking forward to the exhibition in Beijing: “Germany 8 is a fantastic opportunity for the KION Group to strengthen its cultural ties with China, which is a very important market for the Company. The KION Group’s alliance with Weichai Power has proven to be an outstanding example of German-Chinese cooperation. I believe that this binational event will further showcase to the public our commitment to developing the relationship between the two countries.”

KION Group’s brand company Linde (China) sees the exhibition as a unique opportunity to deepen the relationship with its Chinese customers. On September 18, Linde is holding a customer event in the CAFA Museum, one of the eight host museums for the exhibition. Linde key customers will come together to enjoy all the many artworks on a guided tour and participate in the ‘Linde Coffee Salon’. At this event, experts in industrial design will share their expertise in how to combine art and design with industrial engineering and processes, while customer representatives will be talking about their experiences in building state-of-the-art ‘smart’ factories.

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