Since its establishment two years ago, the Red Bridge Gallery has been devoted to exploring and sifting Chinese contemporary art and trying to show traces of the cultural development: from the opening exhibition of Land of Warmth to the annual group exhibition of The New Interface Art; from hosting exhibitions for brilliant Chinese artists to making its presence at the art expos home and abroad; and from carrying on the Chinese traditions to keeping pace with the western concepts.
As is know to all, the Eastern and the Western cultures have been interactive for ages. The three decades after the Cultural Revolution (1956-1966) is a period when China tried to reexamine and recognize the Western arts. Led by the spirits of May 4th New Culture Movement, Chinese culture experienced a new process of learning and assimilation, as well as of re-creation. Now, in the unique Chinese cultural background, Chinese artists will start a new round of attempts and practices, which will surely become the focus of attention worldwide as China’s economy develops and the country’s international standing gets increasingly high. The market of Chinese contemporary art in the recent two years has already shown some hints of the tendency.
This seems simply a phenomenon in the economic realm. However, considering that the economic base determines the superstructure, we may conceive from the phenomenon a cultural revival, a new recovery of the Chinese culture with its five-thousand-year traditions. In retrospect, we are fully aware that the Chinese culture has long been in silence ever since the end of the Qing Dynasty. Yet in this new historical period, a new cultural phenomenon is surely to happen in China, taking root in the oriental traditions and enriching itself with other cultures of the world.
In blending of the Eastern and the Western arts, a new type of oriental culture is beginning to take shape.
The past two years have seen our efforts in cases study on the brilliant artists of the early generation as well as on the outstanding young artists who rose in the contemporary age. In the spirit of “taking in as many fine things as possible”, the early generation introduced and assimilated the Western modern and contemporary arts and made marvelous contributions to Chinese contemporary art from the very beginning. The result of such case studies more and more obviously indicates the potential for the oriental culture to revive and prosper in this special historical era that serves as a link between the past and the future.
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