Exhibition: The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2019,Shanghai (group)
Date 2020.12.25-2021.04.11...closed
Opening 2020.12.25, 15:00, Friday
Venue Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art
(27 Duolun Rd, near North Sichuan Rd, Shanghai)
Curator Gu Jiajun, Xu Zhijun, Zhu Qingsheng
Artist Bnb, Cao Fei, Cao Yu, Chen Tianzhuo, Chen Wenling, Chen Fenwan, Chen Wei, Cheng Xinhao, Cheng Ran, Chinnery Colin Siyuan, Chu Yun, Deng Yuejun, Dong Jinling, Fan Bo, Fang Lu, Fang Di, Fei Jun, Gao Jie, Geng Xue, He Gong, He Xiangyu, He Liping, He Dan, Ho Joyce, Hsu Che-Yu, Hu Wei, Huang Yongping, Huang Yugang, Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibin, Jiao Xingtao, Jin Feng, Kan Xuan, Lao Jiahui, Li Qing b.1981, Li Binyuan, Li Liao, Li Hui, Li Nu, Li Tao b.1972, Li Jingxiong, Li Linlin, Liang Shaoji, Liang Ban, Liang Quan, Lin Ke, Lin Huixing, Liu Rili, Liu Xin, Liu Chuang, Liu Jianhua b.1962, Liu Zhenchen, Lu Lei, Luo Xiangke, Lv Zhiqiang, Mountain River Jump! , Nai Fen, Nhozagri Nhozagri, Ni Youyu, Ou Yangchun, Pang Maokun, Ren Lun, Shang Simin, Shen Xin, Shi Zheng, Shi Qing, Sui Jianguo, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Amy Suo Wu, Tan Yingjie, Tang Nannan, Wu Tsang, Wang Gongxin, Wang Lijun, Wang Guangle, Wang Tuo, Wang Wei, Wenjie Junjie, Wu Ziyang, Wu Juehui, Xu Wenkai, Xu Tan, Xu Zhen®, Yang Jian b.1982, Yang Ming, Yang Guangnan, Yang Jiecang, Yang Luka, Yao Hai, Yi Lian, You Ada, Yu Ji, Yu Honglei, Yu Yang b.1986, Zhang Enli, Zhang Quan, Zhang Zhaoying, Zhang Chao, Zhang Wenxin, Zhao Bang, Zheng Da, Zheng Jiang, Zheng Wei, Zhou Tong, Zhou Chen, Zhou Yilun, Zhou Jiangshan, Zhu Payen

Synopsis

The Exhibition of Annual of Contemporary Art of China 2019,Shanghai(hereafter as “the Shanghai Project”)will open at the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art on December 25, 2020, co-organized by the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts, the Center for Visual Studies of Peking University and Wu Zuoren International Foundation of Fine Arts. Built on the researches conducted by the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts and the Chinese Modern Art Archive (CMAA), the Shanghai Project reviews and analyzes the issues and phenomena of Chinese contemporary art in the past year on the basis of the Annual of Contemporary Art of China (hereafter as “the Annual”).
Located at No.52 Yannan Garden at Peking University, the editorial department of the Annual has kept recording and summarizing the development of Chinese temporary art including the exhibitions, events and documents since 2005. it has built a database of firsthand materials for over 15 years, in which it included a total of 3941 exhibitions and events of Chinese contemporary art, 4319 documents, and event information of over 15000 artists in 2019. The changes and development of Chinese contemporary art is hence obtained by reviewing the records in the database. The Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art of China has been held since 2015 to display the artworks and documents reflected the most transformative social and artistic phenomena in the Chinese temporary art. The Shanghai Project is an exhibition of the methodology of CMAA.
It is a classical problem whether to reflect social changes or to seek for spiritual liberation of mankind in art, which could always be found in the artistic creations of Chinese contemporary art. The contemporary art of China was born with the rise of the reform and opening-up, and has developed with the massive transition of the Chinese society. The works of contemporary art not only reflects and phenomena of social changes but also show how the people feel in the environment. On the other hand, just like other arts, the contemporary art continues to explore the unknown realms of human emotion as well as to extend the borders of means, media, formats of artistic creation, the artistic phenomena and problems of which are both reflected in the artworks created in recent years displayed on this exhibition. Therefore, the Shanghai Project selects and exhibits the original artworks by “the Annual Artists*” in the recent years that could best represent these issues according to the Annual, creating an echo between the Annual documents and the original artworks. The originals exhibited on the Shanghai Project are created by the artists in the recent years, including both senior artists such as Liu Jianhua and young artists like Shen Shen. They either live in Shanghai for a lone time or have held exhibitions in Shanghai in the past year, whose works could reflect the latest characteristics of these two problems in Shanghai’s social context. The focuses on the artistic exploration of these two directions constitutes the two major clues of the Shanghai Project this year.
The Shanghai Project also displays the statistics and case studies of active artistic phenomena in Shanghai in the 21st century. As one of the most dynamic and creative cities of Chinese contemporary art, Shanghai has witnessed three phenomenal climax periods throughout the modern history of Chinese contemporary art, the first of which took place simultaneously with the world before the World War II. The second refers to the third Shanghai Biennale in 2000 that launched the legitimated process of Chinese contemporary art development, while the third refers to the upsurge in the museums, institutes, venues and events of contemporary art in Shanghai since 2012.
The internationalization is of great importance to Shanghai for playing a significant role in promoting contemporary art. The internationalization of Chinese contemporary art not only has explicit factors such as the growth of cross-cultural communication of artists and exhibitions, but is also attributed to the implicit factors like the internationalization of the artists’ educational background and that of the institutes’ operation mechanism.
It is based on the constant concern of these phenomena and problems that Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts established the Institute of Contemporary Art and cooperated with CMAA to conduct researches upon contemporary art, collect and analyze documents centered in the region of Shanghai and East China. The study consists of the researches of Shanghai in the Chinese contemporary art development in the modern history, the study on the ongoing issues, the archive construction, and the artistic creations, academic conferences and publications led by this academic base or aimed at the study of contemporary art. This exhibition is one session in the serial project. For this reason, the planning of the Shanghai Project is a process to have the problems arise by themselves through researches and statistics.
This exhibition echoes with the online exhibition of CMAA at the 798 Art District in Beijing and the Shenzhen Project of Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art of China 2019 at the Pingshan Art Museum, which together display the significant phenomena and contributions of Chinese Contemporary Art in the recent years. Workshops to further discuss about the works and theories behind the phenomena will also be held during the exhibition.
The exhibition will last until April 11, 2021.