Exhibition Watch: Art of Change: New Direction From China (London)

Living, Breathing, And Refusing To Sit Still

Purification Room, 2000 (Image: The Art Newspaper)

This fall, London’s Hayward Gallery will gather the work of nine Chinese artists for the UK’s first major exhibition of contemporary Chinese installation and performance art. Organized by Hayward Gallery’s chief curator, Stephanie Rosenthal, Art of Change: New Directions from China will showcase around 40 works, bringing together some of the most innovative artists from the 1980s to today.

As official support for performance art was withdrawn after the controversial 1989 Beijing exhibition “China/Avant-Garde” and remains unrepresented in public art institutions, Rosenthal champions these artists for their ability to “organize their own exhibitions and embrace change and instability.” Embodying the acceptance that everything is subject to change, the exhibition focuses on works that deal with transformation, discontinuity, and volatility and their manifestations through material, form, and action.

Exhibition highlights include Chen Zhen’s large-scale installation Purification Room (2000), and a new sculptural piece by the artist couple Peng Yu and Sun Yuan entitled I Didn’t Notice What I Am Doing (2012). Other exhibition artists include Yingmei Duan, Gu Dexin, Liang Shaoji, Wang Jianwei, Xu Zhen and MadeIn Company.

Art of Change: New Directions from China
September 7 – December 9, 2012
Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom


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