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Chinese Art Revisited

January 16, 2017
The Wen Pulin Archive of Chinese Avant-Garde Art
What better way to entertain yourself on a bone-chilling winter’s day in Beijing than scurrying indoors for an art extravaganza? Warm up with a toasty slice of culture at contempo space the Red Brick Art Museum, currently showing the Wen Pulin Archive of Chinese Avant-Garde Art of the 1980s and 1990s.

Wen Pulin is a Chinese photographer and director known for documenting China’s modern art, culture and music scenes. From the 1980s, he recorded exhibitions, phenomena and creative practices which shine a vital light on the art of the times.

Curated by Yan Shijie, this game-changing exhibition showcases striking avant-garde Chinese art via Pulin's recently digitised collection of 360 hours of videotape of art, installations, performances, video, interviews and rock n' roll concerts. His archive, covering the 1985 to 2002 period, preserves rare evidence of some of the events that helped shape Chinese contemporary art, such as the Great Earthquake performances on the Great Wall in 1988 and 1989 China/Avant-Garde exhibition, closed by the government during tense political times.

Divided into four parts, this show includes a timeline of key artists and happenings in the 1980s and 90s; the Seven Sins, seven influential performances Pulin recorded at the controversial China/Avant-Garde show; Millennium, focussed on art towards the year 2000; and Pulin’s new, updated China Action documentary. It fills in historical gaps and reveals the ongoing relevance of that inspiring era. A café, restaurant and design store beckon for relaxing afterwards.

Until 5 Mar, 2017.

Red Brick Art Museum / Shunbai Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 8457 6669 / 10am-5.30pm Tue-Sun / redbrickartmuseum.org
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