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Współczesna sztuka chińska
Modern Chinese Art

Author(s): Grzegorz Dziamski
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Eugeniusza Gepperta we Wrocławiu
Keywords: modern Chinese art

Summary/Abstract: Chinese art again is popular in Poland. After a few small exhibitions, such as “Six Brush Strokes” (in Poznan, Bydgoszcz, Lodz,Bielsko-Biala, 2003), and “Facing the Nature” (Poznan, 2003), at the end of the 2003, there was yet another show entitled “New Zone: Chinese Art”. It was organised at the Zacheta Gallery in Warsaw. The exhibition wasn’t a discovery. It showed the aspects of Chinese art, which had already been known in Europe. Nevertheless, Maria Brewinska, the curator, should be congratulated for showing quality, and not entirely exotic art. The show included work by such established artists as Chen Zhen (born in 1955), and Huang Yong Ping (born in 1954). Zhen died in 2000. He participated in the Venetian Biennial in 1999. They both lived and worked in France. In Warsaw, the curators showed Zhen’s monumental installation entitled “The Round Table – Next to Each Other” (1997). It included two big tables and 29 chairs from different countries and different time periods. Pong showed an installation entitled “King George the Fifth’s Nightmare” (2002). It included a natural size elephant attackedby a tiger. It referred to a historic event dated from 1911, when they organised a tiger hunt in Nepal fro the British monarch. Luo Hao (born in 1969) and Zhang Huan (born in 1965), also showed in Venice in 1999. In Warsaw, Hao showed a big plexiglass bed, and Huan showed a series of photographs, which documented a perfomance entitled “Family Tree” (2000). Sun Yuan (born in 1972) participated in several important exhibitions in Europe. Yang Pei Ming (born in 1960) showe monochromatic pictures entitled “International Landscape”, Invisible Man”, “Mao”. Ai Wei Wei (born in 1957) combined old furniture with architectural elements. In Warsaw, he showed “A Table with a Column” (2000). Weng Fen showed a film entitled “Our Future isn’t a Dream” (2001). Wang Jiangwei (born in 1958) showed a film entitled “Junction” (2000), which included frames from different movies. Zhang Liang (born in 1971) showed a film-assemblage based on television programs. Zhao Xiaohu (born in 1960) showed a cartoon movie entitled “Beautiful Cloud” (2001). Kan Xuan (born in 1972) showed a spider running aimlessly about the body of a sleeping woman. Zhang Bao (born in 1970) documented a Chinese rock performance. Cui Xuwen (born in 1970) filmed girls in ladies’ room. Xiang Jing (born in 1968) documented family life, and Yang Fudong (born in 1971) referred to common-day problems.

  • Issue Year: 44/2004
  • Issue No: 01+02
  • Page Range: 32-33
  • Page Count: 2
  • Language: Polish