• Wanlin Art Museum
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Fusion: Chinese Modern and Contemporary Art since 1930s

2015.05.09 - 2015.05.28

Artist(s):1930s: Lang Jingshan, Sha Qi, Zhang Yinquan 1940s: Gao Fan, Meng Zhaorui, Lin Fengmian, Wu Yinxian, Wu Zhongxing, Wu Zuoren 1950s: Hou Bo, Meng Qingbiao, Li Zongjin, Lu Shifu, Wu Zuoren, Yao Jingcai 1960s: Jin Shangyi, Li Zonjin, Wu Yinxian, Xiaozhuang 1970s: Chen Yifei, Wu Peng, Wu Zuoren 1980s: Chen Baosheng, Chen Ren, Han Lei, Meng Luding, Zhang Qun, Ren Shulin 1990s: Ding Yi

Curator(s):Tang Xin

Venue: Wanlin Art Museum
(Ave Keji , Wuhan University, No. 299 Rd Bayi , Wuchang Dist., Wuhan, Hubei Province)    

General Planner(s): Chen Dongsheng, Li Xiaohong 

Taking advantage of Taikang Life’s rich collection of modern and contemporary artworks in China, the exhibition can be viewed as efforts to highlight the development of art media over the century. Fusion, originally referring to “nuclear fusion”, means a nuclear reaction in which two atomic nuclei, both highly charged but mutually exclusive, collide and lose mass while fusing, but give off great energy to form new atomic nuclei. This fundamental reaction that takes place in the domain of natural sciences also shed light on the development of culture and art in social sciences. The two routes in modern and contemporary art in China, i.e., what the government expects of art and artists’ exploration of the ontology of art, the encounter between two genes, i.e., Chinese culture and Western culture, the countless necessities and contingencies brought by collision between the changing era and the individual-all contribute to the fusion in modern and contemporary art in China, offering us a landscape of art.    

Fusion: Modern and Contemporary Art in China since 1930s, at which over 70 pieces (series) will be presented, will give prominence to the humanistic clue as well as emphasize the development of different art media in China over decades. The exhibition comprises three gener according to three type of media employed by artworks in the exhibition, which are painting, photography and new media. From this prespective, the exhibition tries to reveal what the artists think about the language in art and about art media. In the meanwhile, as the museum’s opening exhibition, Fusion, juxtaposing art productions in several decades and across several media, is expected to help the audience to discover “what was on the artists’ mind” when they tried to free themselves of the constraint of their times, and “what they were actually doing” when constrained by their times, so as to reconstruct the actuality of art in each period and to reconnect the nodes in the process of fusion in modern and contemporary art in China.