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Exhibitions

Big in China

Big in China

27 08.12.2021–22.05.2022

Big in China

CAPTURING OUR IMAGINATION EN MASSE

Making it big in an Eastern country used to be a second choice for Western rockstars. Despite its multitude, the Chinese opinion was once considered inferior to established Western tastes. Yet China’s fast-paced transformation has turned the nation into a global powerhouse. These days companies, brands, and even nations from around the world all scramble to win the favour of Chinese consumers.
What does it mean to make it Big in China? It is no easy feat to captivate the attention of over a billion wandering eyes and minds. How do we draw the focus of so many unique individuals and make them move in unison? Artist Xu Zhen® shows us how it’s done by transforming into a kind of snake-charmer — mesmerising viewers with his colossal, dancing, twisting Corinthian column. Tang Nannan submerges us with mountainous waves until we become, as the Zen saying goes, simply one drop in an endless ocean. Lin Yan humbles and unites us as mortals under her vast, textural sky. These artists show us that it is not simply brute force that drives a nation and its people. Rather, it is the grand and overarching narratives, outstanding creativity and unique art practices that have the power to move a population en masse.

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Dai Hua Wokao!, 2007 inkjet print
228 x 114 cm
Feng Mengbo Long March — Restart, 2008 video game installation
dimensions variable
1F
Fu Xiaotong Spiritual Mountain, 2015 xuan paper
380 x 656 cm (quadriptych)
Lin Yan Sky 2, 2016 ink, xuan paper
dimensions varibale
Wu Wei Behemoth No.12, 2020 150 x 150 cm
Paper on canvas
Hide No.2, 2020 183 x 156 cm
Paper on canvas
Behemoth No.9, 2020 120 x 90 cm
Paper on canvas
Possessed by Beast No.3, 2020 100.5 x 100.5 cm
Paper on canvas
2F
Coca Dai 100,000 People Watching Mobile Phones, 2011-20 30 channel video
55 minutes 20 seconds
XU ZHEN® In Just a Blink of an Eye, 2005 performance, dimensions variable
Hello, 2018-19 silicon, stainless steel, resin
robotic mechanisms
350 x 400 x 800 cm
Communication (Bright, Impulsive, Awkward), 2019 resin, paint
180 x 240 x 15 cm
Communication (Unexpected Calm, Exciting), 2019 resin, paint
180 x 240 x 15 cm
Communication (Calm, Elegant, Naughty), 2019 resin, paint
240 x 176 x 15 cm
Zhang Peili The Front View of an Apartment Building, 2013 video
24 minutes 8 seconds
3F
Chou Chu-Wang Four Bliss Stones, 2014 oil on canvas
4 pieces each 41 x 27.5 cm
The Hours, 2015 oil on canvas
152 x 118.5 cm
Han Qingzhen Night Wanderer 1, 2013 91 x 92 cm
Copper etching on mulberry bark
paper with paper collage
Night Wanderer 2, 2013 87 x 95.5 cm
Copper etching on mulberry bark
paper with paper collage
Night Wanderer 4, 2013 48 x 48 cm
Copper etching on mulberry bark
paper with paper collage
Video
BIG IN CHINA - UPCOMING EXHIBITION