Exhibition Watch: “Two Generations” (Sydney, January 17-28)

Australian Premiere Of Pioneering Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition

"Two Generations" will go on show next week at Sydney Town Hall

"Two Generations" will go on show next week at Sydney Town Hall

Making its Australian debut after showing in Beijing and Shanghai last year, the Chinese contemporary art exhibition Two Generations will kick off at Sydney Town Hall next Tuesday. Organized to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the pioneering Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, and timed to coincide with Chinese New Year celebrations, the exhibition, which showcases both established and emerging contemporary artists, is curated by Red Gate founder Brian Wallace. The sprawling exhibition includes works by artists such as Guan Wei, Chen Qingqing, Li Gang, Liu Qinghe, Lu Peng, Su Xinping, Tan Ping, Wang Lifeng, Wang Yuping, Zheng Xuewu and Zhou Jirong.

As Wallace said earlier this month, “We are so pleased to exhibit the works of these contemporary Chinese artists during the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival,” adding, “The show has depth and freshness and will appeal to festival visitors, and the broader public interested in art and China”.

In all, 28 artists are represented in “Two Generations.” As Wallace told the Australian this week, established artists regularly shown at his galleries in China were asked to nominate up-and-coming artists they thought should be included, giving the show an impressive feeling of diversity.”When we put the idea to the older artists, they were enthusiastic and really took their time thinking about who they were going to nominate,” Wallace said. “They took it really seriously and the quality of the result pleased everyone.”

Opening its doors in 1991, Red Gate Gallery was China’s first contemporary gallery, and over the last two decades has been an instrumental promoter of the Chinese contemporary art scene overseas. As Gill Minervini, Creative Director/Producer Events for the City of Sydney, put it, “Over the past 20 years, Red Gate Gallery has been a trailblazer in the development of contemporary art in China, delivering a dynamic program of artist residencies and exhibitions involving both Chinese and international artists.”

“Two Generations” (January 17-28)
Sydney Town Hall, Centennial Hall
483 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Noon-8:00 PM
Admission: Free


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