This year Pace Beijing will launch an annual project titled Beijing Voice.
Beijing Voice: Together or Isolated will discuss some phenomena and
questions existing in Chinese contemporary art in the form of a group
exhibition. Beijing Voice: Together or Isolated will be on view at Pace Beijing
from December 30th, 2010 through February 28th, 2011. Participating artists
include: Hu Xiaoyuan, Huang Ran, Liang Yuanwei, Qiu Xiaofei, Shi Jinsong,
Song Dong, Su Wenxiang, Wang Guangle, Wang Jin, and Yuan Yuan.
In this exhibition, an explicit curated theme will be intentionally eliminated.
Works will be juxtaposed and presented in a particular manner that aims
to highlight the works and enables the audience to reflect on the art
specifically without being too concerned with the exhibition's theme.
Contemporary art is part of a highly interrelated and complex environment.
Rather than existing independently, the artists' creations have to be related
to many other factors. Therefore, leaving the artists' identity and the overall
artistic environment aside, whether artworks can be self-sufficient has
become a question. This exhibition will address how an artwork can be
defined as "together" or "isolated."
Looking back on this past year, the 51 m2 Project, which was initiated by
Taikang Space in 2009, represents a new phenomenon and trend in Chinese
contemporary art. Here, the importance of curating has been devalued and
the emphasis has been placed on the independence of the artist and the
artwork. However, whether this exhibition style will benefit young artists'
development and audience's comprehension needs to be discussed. In this
regard, Together or Isolated is not expected to provide a final answer, but to
raise the question itself with an open attitude.
Beijing Voice aims to review and reflect on the art phenomena of the past
year. China's speeding development has turned it into an "impatient nation"
that can hardly slow down. People's lives are continuously compressed.
During the process, stress and anxiety are inevitably produced. This
increasingly overwhelming anxiety not only troubles individuals, but also
confuses various institutions and organizations. Commercial galleries are
transforming and beginning to curate academic exhibitions. This is because,
as suggested by the curator Leng Lin, "Galleries are also getting lost in the
rapidly changing society, evolving from profit-driven institutions into a kind
of animal greedy for culture."