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Turning Point - 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art

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Turning Point - 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art

3398 Longteng Avenue
Xuhui District
Shanghai
CN
June 16th - October 7th

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From June 16th to October 7th in 2018, the Long Museum (West Bund) will hold the exhibition “Turning Point - 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art” in the first floor gallery and in the stairway gallery, showing around 100 significant artists’s works in the history of Chinese contemporary art after 1978.

In 1978, China stepped into the process of Chinese Economic Reform and Opening-up with the milestone opening of the Third Plenary Session. 1978 was a turning point in the history of China and Chinese contemporary art. From this point, Chinese contemporary art has been undergoing an extraordinary pathway.

At the beginning of 1979, the Twelve Men Exhibition and Stars Art Exhibition became two iconic exhibitions for Chinese contemporary art. Starting from these two exhibitions, Chinese contemporary art awakened, and various types of art groups and exhibitions emerged throughout the country. The revival of human nature and the spirit of freedom enabled artists to produce works creatively. The Scar Art, the Local Realism and the 85 New Wave appeared one after another. These avant-garde art movements with various kinds of art forms were terminated by the China Modern Art Exhibition held by the National Art Museum of China in 1989.

During the early 1990s, the development of Chinese contemporary art was rapid in an utterly new social and cultural context. As a monument to the age, the Venice Biennale in 1993 and the São Paulo Art Biennial in 1994, Chinese contemporary art was gradually merged into the context of globalization. Political Pop and Cynical Realism had a place in the international arena, and also triggered fierce discussions about the post-colonial discourse, the regional experience in the context of globalization, and issues around “international identities” of Chinese artists.

After the 21st century, China’s modernization has made Chinese contemporary art more complex and changeable. It has been synchronized with the world in terms of concepts and techniques. The artists have increasingly affirmed their identities, and they create artworks reflecting on the surrounding objects starting from the current social relations and self-viewing.

This exhibition takes a chronological approach. The Long Museum selects around 100 artworks from its collection, which are extremely influential among the past 40 years, including oil paintings, traditional Chinese paintings, sculptures, videos and installations. Echoing the 40th Anniversary of Chinese Economic Reform and Open up, the exhibition shows the history of Chinese art since 1978. All the art works are divided into four chapters: 1978-1984; 1985-1989; 1990-1999; After 2000. This exhibition not only shows artistic practices and explorations of Chinese artists, but also the vigour and vitality of Chinese art. The Long Museum hopes the exhibition will bring audience a deeper understanding of the spirit and uniqueness of Chinese contemporary art.

Lv Peng, the Chinese famous art historian and art critic, commented that, “this exhibition chronologically displays some of the collections of the Long Museum over the past 40 years, and proves that the 40-year art history is barely a turning point in the history. It’s a new start, we should appreciate the past achievements and in the meantime clarify the real mission for a brighter future. ”

At the opening of the exhibition, the Chinese and English bilingual catalogue Turning Point - 40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art published by Shanghai Culture Press will be released simultaneously. The catalogue includes a foreword contributed by Wang Wei, the director of Long Museum, and the other significiant article was from Lv Peng, a well-known art historian and art critic. The readers could get a clear view of all the artworks by a chronological approach.

Long Museum (West Bund) will hold an opening lecture on the afternoon of June 15, inviting the artists Zhou Chunya, Zhang Xiaogang as guests, Xie Xiaodong as guest speaker, talking about “40 Years of Chinese Contemporary Art".


2018年6月16日,龙美术馆(西岸馆)将在一楼展厅和阶梯展厅举办“转折点——中国当代艺术四十年”展览,呈现自1978年以来中国当代艺术发展历程中近百位非常重要的艺术家及作品。

1978年,十一届三中全会开启了中国改革开放的历史进程。1978年作为中国历史进程中的转折点,也是中国当代艺术的转折点。自此,中国当代艺术走向不凡之路。

1979年出现的上海“十二人画展”与北京“星星美展”成为拉开中国当代艺术帷幕的两个标志性展览。中国当代艺术开始觉醒,各类艺术团体和展览层出不穷。对传统的批判、追求思想解放与个性自由成为了当时艺术创作的特征,艺术家们逐渐开始表达自己的内心世界。“伤痕美术”、“乡土现实主义”、“85美术运动”等多元化的前卫艺术表现形式直到1989年在中国美术馆举办的“中国现代艺术大展”后,才画上一个阶段性句号。

20世纪90年代初,中国当代艺术在全新的社会和不同的文化语境中展开。随着大批艺术家陆续参加威尼斯双年展(1993年)、圣保罗双年展(1994年)等国际大展,中国当代艺术逐渐融入到全球化的语境中,其中“政治波普”和“玩世现实主义”两股艺术创作浪潮,在国际舞台上有了一席之地,也引发了关于后殖民话语、全球化语境中的地域经验以及中国艺术界对“国际身份”这一问题的热烈讨论。

进入21世纪后,中国的现代化使中国当代艺术更加复杂多变,在观念与手法上已经与国际同步,同时也愈加肯定自我的身份,从当下的社会关系和自我观照中出发,以各类艺术创作对周遭的事物作出艺术的反映。

此次展览依时间为线索,龙美术馆从馆藏作品中臻选出40年来极具影响力的近百件作品,包括油画、国画、雕塑、影像、装置等,展示自1978年以来中国艺术的发展历程,呼应国家“改革开放40周年”主题。展览分为四个章节:1978—1984;1985—1989;1990—1999;2000年以后,呈现了中国艺术家们的实践与探索,以及中国艺术不断焕发的生机活力。龙美术馆希望借本次展览让更多的观众了解中国当代艺术的发展与精神。

著名艺术史学家、批评家吕澎称此次展览,“试图通过将反映这四十年艺术发展历程的收藏进行一次艺术史意义上的逻辑陈述,以便提醒人们:看上去时间很长的艺术发展仅仅完成了一个历史的转折点,我们才刚刚开始,我们在珍惜过往努力的同时,要清楚我们的真正任务是开创新的历史。”

展览开幕之际,由上海文化出版社出版的中英双语画册《转折点——中国当代艺术四十年》将同步发行。展览画册由龙美术馆馆长王薇题写前言,艺术评论家吕澎撰写针对此次展览的深度分析文章,并包含大量精彩作品图片。

6月15日下午,龙美术馆(西岸馆)将举办开幕讲座,邀请艺术家周春芽、张晓刚为讲座嘉宾,谢晓冬担任嘉宾主持,对谈“中国当代艺术四十年”。