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14 MAY 2015

CHINA 8: Contemporary Art from China on the Rhine and Ruhr

CHINA 8 – Contemporary Art from China on the Rhine and Ruhr May 15 – September 13, 2015.

"Eight cities along the Rhine and Ruhr, nine museums, around 120 artists – the CHINA 8 exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of contemporary Chinese art held in Germany to date. Alongside established artists, the positions of younger and newly emerging artists are also represented. Nine museums in Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Hagen, Marl, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Recklinghausen have come together for this joint project and will be showing works from the fields of painting, photography, calligraphy, ink drawing, sculpture, installation art and video from 15th May to 13th September 2015. The 'eight' in the show’s title is not only the number of the participating cities, but also a significant Chinese lucky number."

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2015 • Adou • Alfred Ko • art exhibition • Aspartime • Cai Dongdong • Chen Shaoxiong • Chen Wei • Chen Xiaoyi • Chinese art • Chinese artists • contemporary artcontemporary art exhibitionscontemporary Chinese art • Du Yan Fang • Duisburg • Dusseldorf • Eason Tsang Ka Wai • Essen • Gelsenkirchen • German exhibition • Hagen • Jiang Pengyi • Li Weiyi • Li Zhengde • Liang Weizhou • Lin Ke • Lin Ke(1984) • Ma Daha Group • Ma Qiusha • Marl • Mo Yi • Mulheim an der Ruhr • Peoples Republic of Chinapolitical artprotest works • Recklinghausen • retrospective exhibition • Shan Feiming • Shao Wenhuan • South Ho Siu Nam • Wang Ningde • Wang Qingsong • Wang Youshen • Xiao Xiao • Zhuang Hui • Zong Ning

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
03 DECEMBER 2009

a critique of consumer goods and advertisement imagery

Hu Jieming's "highly acclaimed photo–manipulated images Raft of the Medusa (2002) he references to Théodore Géricault's seminal and allegorical image, the Raft of the Medusa (1819). The historical painting serves as a mytho–poetic memorial of the 150 lost souls onboard the raft after a fatal shipwreck, from which only 15 survived. The painting very elegantly undermines the traditional heroic 19th century historical painting, and, instead, conveys a society in sinking collapse. Hu Jieming parallels this historic occurrence to the regime of the Cultural Revolution with all its sinister cruelty. His Raft of the Medusa, thus, is more than just a reference to the past: The photos are composed of today's excessive amount of consumer goods and advertisement imagery. Additionally, Hu Jieming juxtaposes pictures of today's youth in gestures of self–indulgent hedonism with monochrome grey pictures of the suppressed people in traditional mao–uniforms. These compositions made of images appropriated from different socio–political realities signify a strong critical engagement with both history and the present – it is a concern ranging beyond pure private considerations."

(ShanghART Gallery)

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CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
11 OCTOBER 2009

Art Radar Asia: Asian contemporary art

"Art Radar Asia scans the global quality press on and offline to bring you selected topical stories about the taste–changing, news–making and the up and coming in Asian contemporary art."

1). Ai Weiwei's middle finger at Tiananmen.

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art • Art Radar Asia • AsiaAsiancontemporary artcontemporary Chinese artcultureIndiaPeoples Republic of China

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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