|2012.3.25 - 2012.5.27|
Born in Beijing in 1961, Gu Dexin is one of the pioneering presences of the generation that began making contemporary art during the 1980s. His early paintings, watercolors, and embroideries open up fantastic, dystopian worlds of creatures vaguely human, while his conceptual installations involving raw meat and rotting fruit added a new sense of the visceral to an otherwise analytical and symbolic conversation. In 1989, he was among the three Chinese artists to show in “Magiciens de la Terre” at the Pompidou, the first time art from contemporary China had been inserted into a global context. In 2009, frustrated with the art world around him, Gu decided to quit art entirely. Drawn entirely from private collections, and including over eighty works from the Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation Collection, this exhibition is the first comprehensive attempt to make sense of the multiple strands in Gu’s daring, original, and sophisticated practice.
Gu Dexin: The Important Thing is Not the Meat is made possible with loans from the Guy and Myriam Ullens Foundation, DSL Collection, Guan Yi Collection, Tim and Ellen Van Housen, Yuz Foundation, Xin Dong Cheng, Shanghai Gallery of Art, and Galleria Continua.
- Plastic dolls
- Courtesy of UCCA
“Nearly 300 artworks, spanning Gu’s amateur paintings from the later 1970s until his climactic final piece in 2009, trace the full arc of his solo career, which is also an alternative history of contemporary Chinese art’s development.”- China Daily
“The exhibition is regarded as an attempt to give a comprehensive overview to Gu’s career as it covers more than 00 of his most significant works from his earliest amateur paintings to his last piece. The exhibition is also regarded as a personal history of contemporary art in China.”- Global Times