China's Artistic Evolution Post-Mao
On | Off' Exhibit at UCCA
With a recent history so beset by revolution, Chinese art produced over much of the C.20th invariably reflected the tumultuous and at times bleak periods of change that took place leading up to and following the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. But how has the artistic mood evolved now, post-Chairman Mao?
In a powerful, unprecedented concept, Beijing’s Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA) seeks to find out via a comprehensive showing of 50 pieces commissioned from 50 artists born after the death of the communist leader and at the dawn of the vast country’s rebirth.
Curated by Bao Dong and Sun Dongdong, On/Off explores the influence of China’s binary culture on this younger generation of emerging artists, all born post 1975 in a country that is at once embracing trade and technology, while still attempting to retain traditional values and cultural heritage.
Accompanying the lecture and concert series, and supporting documentary screenings, are works by collectives and artists including videographer Hu Xiaoyuan, Mongolian-born Cheng Ran, sketcher Shi Wanwan, animator Sun Xun, installation artist Zhang Liaoyuan and painter Song Yuanyuan. On/Off is a unique, confronting and through-provoking collection, and an experience not to be missed.