A Meeting with Chinese Contemporary Art
Curated by Zhang Wei
Bonniers Konsthall's main exhibition of the autumn is Sprout from White Nights – A Meeting with Chinese Contemporary Art. The exhibition presents 17 young Chinese artists at the interface of thousand-year old traditions and new technology. In order to open up a dialogue and an exchange, Bonniers Konsthall has invited the Chinese curator Zhang Wei to present her perspective on contemporary Chinese art. In collaboration with Bonniers Konsthall she has produced an exhibition that provides us with an insight into today's China, not only through the works by the participating artists, but also through workshops, lectures, conversations, film screenings, design and an extensive publication.
The exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall reflects a China in transition and focuses on the artists' experiences of their social space in contemporary China. In the exhibition, you encounter paintings as well as new media, conceptually coloured methods and visually impressive installations and sculptures. There is a fascination for the most contemporary urban Chinese society as well as for older traditional Chinese artistic traditions such as calligraphy and garden art. Sprout from White Night includes Yang Fudong's cinematic narrative from the Chinese countryside, and the Yangjiang Groups' large, artificial indoor garden. Another participant is Cao Fei, whose work is based on popular and youth culture. Another important part of the exhibition is a workshop in which the artist Xu Tan extends an invitation to a discussion on today's China from different perspectives.
The artists participating in Sprout from White Nights were born in the 1970s and live and work mainly in the large industrial and economically expanding cities on China's east coast: Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Many of them are well-known on the international art scene and have exhibited at, among other places, the biennials in Venice, Istanbul and Lyon.
Zhang Wei is a curator working in Ghuangzhou and Beijing. She is the director and co-founder of the much-acclaimed Vitamin Creative Space in Guangzhou in south east China. In 2007 Zhang Wei was curator of projects for Art Basel Miami, Frieze Art Fair in the UK and Art Basel 38 in Switzerland.
Cao Fei, Chu Yun, Hipic Group (Xu Zhen, Yang Zhenzhong, Huang Kui), Hu Xiaoyuan, Kan Xuan, Lee Kit, Liu Wei, Xu Tan, Yan Jun, Yang Fudong, Yangjiang Group (Zheng Guogu, Chen Zaiyan, Sun Qinglin), Zhang Da, Zheng Guogu
Image: Cao Fei / China Tracy, RMB City: A Second Life City Planning, 2007. Courtesy of Vitamin Creative Space.
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