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20.12.2023–11.05.2024

A Blueprint for Ruins

Chen Wei - Drunken Dane Hall

Reverberating with the shadows of the dispossessed within China’s urban metamorphosis.

Curator:
David Williams

Beneath the glossy surface of progress lurks a simmering undercurrent of violence. Cities tear themselves apart to make way for towering skyscrapers and gleaming high-rises. However, in this bright new world, one question arises: where have all the people gone? Streets devoid of life and vacant apartment blocks stand as haunting reminders of an abandoned dream. Like solemn tombs from a long-lost civilisation, these forgotten monuments silently bear witness to the cost of rapid urbanisation, where each new creation necessitates the destruction of another.

28.06–10.11.2023

I Am The People

White rabbit Gallery, I am the people exhibition, installation photo

Highlighting both the struggles and the aspirations of all the Chinese people

Curator:
David Williams

Looking to the stars as they shone in the night sky, Zeng Liansong recalled the Chinese proverb: ‘longing for the stars, longing for the moon’. It inspired him to design the Five-Star Red Flag that would change the face of a nation. First raised in 1949 to mark the creation of the People’s Republic of China, a star was revealed for each of the four revolutionary classes: the working class, the peasantry, the urban petty bourgeoisie, and the national bourgeoisie. The largest star of all unifies these classes under the Chinese Communist Party.

17.12.2022–14.05.2023

Shuo Shu 说书

White Rabbit Gallery, Shuo Shu Exhibition. JIN FENG, Signboards

Stories reveal themselves to those who are open

Curator:
David Williams

When wandering through the streets of imperial China, amidst bazaars and teahouses, one might stumble across the figure of a storyteller. Crowds gather around this lone narrator, whose tales of mystical beasts, warriors, and immortals, infuse the air with enchantment. Yet in recent years Shuo Shu, or the art of storytelling, has become a dying tradition. Contemporary Chinese audiences have instead turned their attention to digital content.

02.07–13.11.2022

I Loved You

White Rabbit Gallery - I Loved You exhibition. Jin Shi, Small Business Karaoke

Love Turns Up in unexpected places

Curator:
David Williams

The time between messages, the length between reunions, the distance between lovers – our intimate lives are filled with spaces. Whether they be passionate or painful, absences punctuate our daily routines with reminders of a beloved when they are no longer there. From heady first meetings to bittersweet goodbyes, throughout it all, love haunts us like a ghost.

08.12.2021–22.05.2022

Big in China

Big In CHina Exhibition

CAPTURING OUR IMAGINATION EN MASSE

Curator:
David Williams

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.

11.03.2020–17.01.2021

And Now

White Rabbit gallery And Now exhibition

The second decade of the White Rabbit Collection

Curator:
David Williams

With a penchant for obscure metaphors and cryptic imagery, the “Misty Poets” were a little-known movement that flourished in China during the turbulent years between 1979 and 1989. Challenging Maoist artistic ideology, their poems, like the clouds themselves, were veiled and nebulous. Today, as creative restrictions continue to expand and contract in China, their legacy of ambiguity and oblique condemnation endures.

01.03.2020–31.03.2021

Xu Zhen®

Eternity vs Evolution at the National Gallery of Australia

Curator:
David Williams

Xu Zhen (b 1977, Shanghai) is a leading figure among China’s younger generation of artists. This is the first major solo exhibition of his work in Australia and brings together early videos with more recent works, including paintings, tapestries and monumental sculptures.

11.09.2019–26.01.2020

Then

White rabbit gallery Then exhibition

The first ten years of the White Rabbit

Curator:
David Williams

THEN celebrates the great adventure of White Rabbit’s first decade: ten exciting years of showcasing the creative energy, daring and technical accomplishment of Chinese contemporary art. The gallery’s tenth anniversary exhibition presents works by more than 60 artists, all produced during the first ten years of Judith Neilson’s private collection (2000-2010). Some were highlights of the very first White Rabbit exhibition, in 2009.

15.03–14.08.2019

Hot Blood

White rabbit gallery hot blood exhibition

Not for the faint of heart

Curator:
David Williams

Since Chinese contemporary art exploded onto the international stage in the 1990s, dramatic changes in Chinese society have, in turn, changed the nature of its art. HOT BLOOD presents a group of artists who confound outmoded expectations about China, reflecting unflinchingly on the most uncomfortable truths of our age.

07.09.2018–03.02.2019

Supernatural

Supernatural exhibition artwork

Visions of the Future

Curator:
David Williams

In imperial China, scholars, painters and poets often retreated into the mountains in uncertain times, finding solace from political intrigue in the harmonious relationships of yin and yang in the natural world. The ancient Chinese believed that mountains were the home of the gods. Today, mountains are bulldozed to make way for new roads and high-speed rail lines leading to mega-cities and the skies above too often choked with ‘fog and haze’. This is the world of the artists shown in SUPERNATURAL.

09.03–29.07.2018

The Sleeper Awakes

The Sleeper awakes exhibition artwork

A New Dream Where Ambition And Optimisim Co-exist With Pervasive State Control

Curator:
David Williams

In HG Wells’s novel “The Sleeper Awakes”, the hero emerges from a 200-year coma to find a world of brainwashed slaves ruled by a council of despots. “We were making the future,” he says, recalling his socialist youth, “and hardly any of us troubled to think what future we were making.”

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