Qu Guangci: Northernmost Country
Shanghai transplant and internationally respected sculptor Qu Guangci has achieved rather in a lot in his mere 45 years. He’s the youngest ever winner of the prestigious National Fine Arts Exhibition’s grand prize, co-founder (along with his wife and fellow artist Xiang Jing) of quirky eclectibles brand X+Q Art, and until December 13 he’s also staging his latest solo exhibition Northernmost Country at Beijing’s Today Art Museum, China’s first non-profit and non-government museum.
Often taking inspiration from political leaders and existing art pieces to create his allegorical representations of modern society’s current state, Qu deftly employs his trademark little chubby men to bring his parodies to life. Curated by the museum’s art director Alex Peng, Qu’s assortment of 3-dimensional narratives – 12 in all – sits comfortably in its temporary home at the gallery’s 2nd floor show space. Not to be missed are 7-statue combination The Last Supper – Like!, an extension of his previous exhibition Last Supper; fibreglass totem pole-like Endless Tower – Great Men; and multi-part assembly The Grand Dinner PARTY. And if you’ve ever wondered what day-to-day life is like for an award-winning artist, check out the recreation of Qu’s studio and home – who knows, some of his creative genius might just rub off on you!
Until 13 December, 2014
Today Art Museum / 32 Baiziwan Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 5876 0600 / todayartmuseum.com