Poetry Comes to Museum LXI


Activity Curator

Wang Yin


Hu Xudong


Juan Arabia

Meet the Poetry of Juan Arabia

Poet: Juan Arabia
Host: Hu Xudong
Planner: Wang Yan
Interpreter: Wang Longxing
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 14:30-16:30
Venue: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum (Xinyefang 3, Wenshui Road 210, Jing’an District)
Transportation Tip: Metro Line 1, Wenshui Road Station, Exit 3

Established in 2012, “Poetry Comes to Museum” has been going on for 6 years as a “poetry + art” project developed by Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum. As the museum physically moved from Changning distrcit to Pudong district, and now in 2019, to Jingan district, the project has witnessed the growth of the museum. At this new venue where the industrialized architecture coexists with the art environment, we are going to continue our project, and keep on inviting more famous poets, and young poets, with diverse background and styles. We hope to construct an on-site poetry art conversation platform where more connections can be made between contemporary life and contemporary poetry.

At Art Museum

Poetry will meet you eventually, some hid between the lines, some in the language (Shuntaro Tanikawa).

Poetry makes everyone stay—poets, artists, and listeners—exploring the infinite possibilities in imagination (Beidao).

The 61st Poetry Comes to Museum invites Juan Arabia, an Argentinian poet, translator, literature critic born in the 1980s. For Juan Arabia who puts his own life into poetry, being a writer means living a fuller life in a real and radical way, and having a real commitment to his fellow people and society. His motto can be summarized as “I feel therefore I am.”

The Poet

 Juan Arabia

Juan Arabia (born June 18, 1983 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a poet, translator, and literary critic. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires. He is currently the director of the press and journal Buenos Aires Poetry, which has published works by writers including John Ashbery, Dan Fante, Robert Darnton, Mark Ford, and Alan Jenkins, among others. His translations include Nuevos Versos y Canciones (Arthur Rimbaud, 2014); Un-gin-meando… (Dan Fante, 2015); and Lustra (Ezra Pound, 2016), among the others. His published books include John Fante: Entre la niebla y el polvo (El fin de la noche: Buenos Aires, 2011); Il Nemico dei Thirties (Samuele Editore, 2017); and collana Scilla (Fana, Italia); Desalojo de la naturaleza (Buenos Aires Poetry, 2018). His latest poetry collection will be published by Pre-Textos (Spain) in 2020.

The Host

Hu XuDong


A poet, scholar, translator. Studied at Peking University from 1991-2002, and currently teaching at School of Foreign Language, Peking University.

The Planner

Wang Yin

A poet, writer, photographer. Planner of “Poetry Comes to Museum.” Authored poetry collection Poetry of Wang Yin, Lime Light, etc. Winner of Jiang Nan Poetry Prize, Dong Dang Zi Poetry Award. His works have been published in more than 10 languages oversea.

The Interpreter

Wang Longxing

Wang Longxing (1989-), lecturer at Spanish Department, College of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Fudan University. He graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 2012, and Complutense University of Madrid. He is a Phd of Journalism, with expertise of cultural studies, analytic journalism, and Latin American Studies.

Poetry Comes to Museum

Nowadays, art museums are providing with more and more kinds of art in not only the exhibition but also the atmosphere where the scholars could produce new knowledge and the public may be educated more actively, which make art museum a platform to contain all art. Poetry Comes to Museum was launched in 2012 by Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, which aims to provide an open platform for poets and poetry lovers to talk to each other, and therefore connects the poetry closely to our current life. As the first project that combines art with poetry, we invite top poets at home and abroad to share their creation with the public. This project has drawn a lot of attention with the academic and popular lectures and activities held since its beginning and was awarded the Annual Event Award of 2013 Culture China by the Oriental Morning Post, 2016 Annual Educational Programme by Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film & TV and 2017 Annual Activity of Shanghai Citizen Study & Experience Institution.