November 16, 2018: Shanghai. A roundtable discussion took place at the residence of German Consul General Dr. Christine Althauser; this was a follow-up to the GERMAN CONTEMPORARY EXCELLENCE exhibition in 2017 and was held on the occasion of the guest performance of “Der Sandmann” by director Robert Wilson at the China International Arts Festival in the Shanghai Grand Theatre, supported by Leica and Meisterkreis. The participants represented a colourful mixture from the fields of economy, craftsmanship, politics, science, culture and art.

Governor Lin Xiaojue of the Jing'an District invited Meisterkreis to subsequent consultations at her office; the agenda included the new CIIE fair grounds as well as support for the construction of the Jing'an brand using concepts of culture, gastronomy and lifestyle.

It was arranged with the K11 Board, Department Store and Art-Mall, Shanghai, to form common teams in order to develop a concept for pop-up events for German Excellence. A mixture of brand experience, mediation of knowledge regarding technology and craftsmanship, and the joy of discovery form the first conceptual cornerstones.

A few days before, Katharina Grosse premiered her first solo exhibition at the K11 Shanghai, and “Der Sandmann” was honoured by capturing the China International Arts Festival Audience Award. 

From left to right in the image:
Eddie Wang, CEO, New World Group, K11
Fritz Unützer, Unützer
Prof. Jane Wang, China Europe International Business School, CEIBS
Dorothee Krings, Rheinische Post
Prof. Zheng Han, Universität Tongji
Jessica Wie, Director, Leica Camera
Lin Weikung, General Manager, Rimowa, China
Lin Xiaojue, Director General, Shanghai Jing'an
Joseph Lee, Director, Shanghai Foreign Economic Cooperation Division
Clemens Pflanz, MEISTERKREIS
Dr. Christine Althauser, Deutsche Generalkonsulin, Shanghai
Shirley Shi, General Manager, K11
Wilfried Schulz, Generalintendant, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
Siegmund Dukek, CEO, Leica Camera, China