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Practice and Exchange: An Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Art
2018.1.10 - 2018.1.28
Nave, Long Gallery
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This exhibition brings together recent works by seventeen Chinese artists, in an attempt to display a small but representative sample of the diversity of formal and conceptual approaches favored here today. It coincides with the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Beijing and to the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, at a time when China is playing an increasingly central role on the global stage. China has been a vital presence on the French contemporary art scene since at least 1989, when three members of the Chinese avant-garde participated in the exhibition Magiciens de la Terre at the Centre Pompidou and the Grande Halle de la Villette. The most recent major exhibition of contemporary Chinese art in France, at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in 2016, was co-organized by UCCA, an institution with a strong European background, and whose first two directors were French citizens. The current exhibition is offered in a spirit of discussion and exchange, and with the hope that the intricate and inspiring works on view—addressing issues, and using techniques, at once Chinese and global—might offer another way of thinking about the major questions of China, its distinct yet hybrid culture, and its place in the difficult world of today.

Robert Lacombe

Cultural Counselor, French Embassy in China

Philip Tinari

Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Participating artists (in alphabetical order):

Cao Fei, Cui Jie, Fang Lijun, Gao Bo, Huang Rui, Kan Xuan, Lin Tianmiao, Liu Wei, Liu Xiaodong, Qiu Zhijie, Rong Rong & Inri, Xing Danwen, Xu Bing, Xu Zhen, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Xiaogang, and Yu Hong

Works in the Exhibition
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    • Cao Fei
    • Derivation
    • 2017
    • Single-channel Video
    • 5’38”
    • Sound by Fille Prai
    • Dancer: Sadeck Waff Courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space
    • Fang Lijun
    • 2016
    • Woodcut Print
    • 244x366cmEd. 12
    • Courtesy the artist
    • Gao Bo
    • TIBET 1985-1995/Photographs by Gao Bo
    • 2016
    • Artist limited co-edition by Artron Books & Maison Européenne de la photographie, France
    • 50 x 68.3 cm
    • Courtesy the artist
    • Gao Bo
    • 《PARLE》“Talk” Sketch Portrait No. 1
    • 1995
    • B&W Gelatin silver print on handmade PH neutral paper
    • 105 x 76 cm
    • Courtesy the artist
    • Huang Rui
    • I-Ching 1-6
    • 2017
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 130 x 91 cm (x 4)
    • Courtesy the artist
    • Huang Rui
    • Future
    • 2016
    • Copper and titanium surface on stainless steel
    • 116.5 × 83.5 × 127 cm
    • Courtesy the artist
    • Kan Xuan
    • Nothing!
    • 2002
    • Single-channel video
    • 1'58"
    • Courtesy the artist
    • Lin Tianmiao
    • The same for N times
    • 2011
    • golden silk thread, silk thread, wooden frame, resin in shapes of bones, polyurea, golden foil
    • 520 x 307 x 41cm
    • Courtesy the artist
    • Liu Wei
    • Puzzle-β
    • 2014
    • Glass, aluminium alloy
    • 302 × 565 × 223 cm
    • Courtesy the artist
    • Liu Xiaodong
    • Bent Rib
    • 2010
    • Oil on canvas
    • 150 x 140 cm
    • Courtesy Liu Xiaodong Studio
    • Qiu Zhijie
    • Memories Are Always Unreliable
    • 2017
    • Ink on paper
    • 127.5 x 327cm (x 7)
    • Courtesy the artist
    • Rong Rong & Inri
    • Untitled No. 25
    • 2008
    • Gelatin silver print
    • 160 x 170cm
    • Ed. 8
    • Courtesy Rong Rong & Inri, Three Shadows +3 Gallery
    • Xing Danwen
    • A Personal Diary
    • 1993-2003
    • Photographic installation
    • Dimension variable
    • Courtesy Red Brick Art Museum
    • Xu Bing
    • Bringing in the Wine
    • 2014
    • Ink on paper
    • 112 x 240cm(x 5)
    • Courtesy Xu Bing Studio
    • Xu Zhen
    • Eternity-Tianlongshan Standing Bodhisattva, Statue of Nike of Paionio
    • 2014
    • Mineral composite material, steel, mineral pigments
    • 340 x 80 x 86 cm
    • Ed. 3
    • Produced by MadeIn Company
    • Courtesy the artist and Long March Space
    • Zeng Fanzhi
    • The Tiger
    • 2017
    • Oil on canvas
    • 400 x 400 cm
    • Courtesy the artist
    • Zhang Xiaogang
    • Blindfolded Dancer
    • 2016
    • Oil on canvas
    • 160 x 200 cm
    • Courtesy the artist
    • Yu Hong
    • Patrol
    • 2017
    • Acrylic on canvas
    • 150 x 140 cm
    • Courtesy the artist and
    • Long March Space
    • Cui Jie
    • Corner Building
    • 2017
    • Oil on canvas
    • 150 x 200 cm
    • Courtesy the artist
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