The opening exhibition “Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Money: Art after Social Media Era” of chi K11 art space will open in the afternoon on May 24th. The art space of K11 Art Mall Shanghai, which is located at No. 300 Huaihaizhonglu Road, will bring 26 collections of new media art works from 28 Chinese and international artists. Half of the collections were created specifically for this event.
chi K11 is located in K11 Art Mall Shanghai, one of the busiest business districts in the city. The space breaks the limitations on art museum locations and brings art closer to daily life. chi reflects the fact that art is struggling out of the “high-above-the masses” perception and also proposes the question on art continuity - where art should go. Based on the features of the exhibition and problems in the art industry, the curator LiZhenhua re-quotes Michael Naimark, who was invited by the Rockefeller Foundation in 2010 for surveys and laboratorial experiments on art and media. Through exhibition, Mr. Li adopts a more affinitive approach to illustrate the co-existence from different fields, cultures and media and to demonstrate the fusion of technology, science and aestheticism in today’s world occurring outside the mainstream perception. Based on that, he explores different culture and beauties of science and also tries to find his echoes in daily life, fashion trends and collective wills.
chi K11 art space is established for communication, interactions and displays of art. Free exhibitions, workshops and lecturers are held regularly to connect art with the general public. The art space itself features the idea of Li Zhenhua. Li once said “although the era when everyone is an artist will never come, everyone could have a chance to have a substitute or anonymous participation to dialogue and communicate with art. The dialogue and communication is right the response to the art space and can be everywhere. It can be in front of your eyes, can be in art museums, can be in some virtual space, can be in elevators, buses or can be the data in electric circuits.”
The exhibition doesn’t confine itself in a certain space specific for art but extends itself to mall corridors and outdoor spaces and has become more worthy of anticipation. Apart from more commonly-seen videography, animation and acoustic performances, the exhibition will also include a live performance of Ryoji Ikeda. At that time, the whole K11 Art Mall and its spectators will be immersed in new media art.