CONTEMPORARY CHINESE ART FROM THE ASTRUP FEARNLEY COLLECTION
November 7, 2010 – March 27, 2011
curated by Julia Peyton Jones, Gunnar B. Kvaran and Hans Ulrich Obrist
CHINA POWER STATION, curated by Julia Peyton Jones, Gunnar B. Kvaran and Hans Ulrich Obrist, is an evolving project, which springs from a partnership between the Serpentine Gallery and the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo. The exhibition has been staged in various venues: Part I in London in 2006 was the first stage of the project. Part II was developed for Oslo in 2007 and Part III was staged in Luxembourg in 2008. Now with a new layout and new works, the exhibition is being presented here in Turin.
This exploration of the collecting phenomenon brings a new kind of patronage to Turin: after producing the exhibition China Power Station in its entirety, the Astrup Fearnley collection then decided to purchase it and make it part of its permanent collection, based in the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, Norway.
The Turin show presents the creative explosion of contemporary Chinese art, with the works of avant-garde artists as Cai Guo-Qiang and Huang Yong Ping, together with the new post-Mao generation of artists born in the late 70s and early 80s, including Cao Fei, Liu Wei, Yang Fudong, Sun Xun and Zhang Ding.
Most of the works presented were created between 2005 and 2007, and it highlights the tremendous creativity of those who are breaking new territory in the Chinese and the international contemporary art world. Installations, films, sculptures, photographs, computer graphics and paintings tell stories about universal topics of power and politics, real and flowing identities, history, memory and nostalgia. Other works take abstract notions like time, unpredictability, chance and illusion.
Confirming the interest in Chinese culture, on 7th November 2010 – from 12am to 6pm – the Pinacoteca Agnelli is to host The Future of China, a marathon event: the critic Hans Ulrich Obrist presents a dialogue with Chinese philosophers, artists and architects on the future of the world’s second largest economic power.
Birdhead: Song Tao & Ji Weiyu, Cai Guo-Qiang, Cao Fei, Yang Fudong, Chen Qiulin, Chu Yun, Duan Jianyu, Huang Yong Ping,Hu Xiangqian, Kan Xuan, Liang Yue, Liu Chuang, Liu Wei, Liu Weijian, Lu Chunsheng, Pak Sheung Chuen, Qiu Anxiong, Song Tao,Sun Xun, Xu Zhen, Xue Tao, Zhang Ding, Zhou Tao, Zhou Zixi.