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Xu Zhen: <EM>In Just a Blink of an Eye</EM>, 2005Performance
Xu Zhen: In Just a Blink of an Eye, 2005
Xu Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production
BEIJING  •  The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art  •  19 January - 20 April 2014
A daring artist with a voracious appetite for global information and a unique ability to produce work across multiple platforms and media, Xu Zhen (b. 1977) is the key figure of the Shanghai art scene and a foundational figure for the generations of Chinese artists born since 1980. Including over 50 installation pieces, 10 videos, 40 painting and collage works, and several performances, together filling UCCA’s signature Great Hall, this exhibition spans Xu Zhen’s early works made in his own name beginning in the late 1990s, works produced under the “contemporary art creation company” MadeIn Company, which he founded in 2009, as well as major new pieces produced specially for this exhibition under MadeIn Company’s newly launched brand “Xu Zhen.”

The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Website

Contact: Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
798 Art District 4
Jiuxianqiao Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, China
Tel: (86) 10 57 80 02 00

<SPAN class=pie _extended="true">Ji Dachun: <EM>A Pond of Sharks</EM> (detail), 2009Acrylic on canvas20 x 30 Courtesy of the artist</SPAN>
Ji Dachun: A Pond of Sharks (detail), 2009
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 30
Courtesy of the artist
Ji Dachun: Without a Home
BEIJING  •  Ullens Center for Contemporary Art  •  19 January - 11 May 2014
Ji Dachun is best-known for his surrealist, satirical critiques of contemporary China. His works range from his trademark characters that seem to hover, and perhaps revel, alone on a vast white background to more recent explorations of biological and cybernetic forms. Ji Dachun: Without a Home spans several key moments in the artist’s prodigious career and includes a new suite of works made specifically for this exhibition. With some 40 works realized in the past decade, the show also marks the artist’s first institutional exhibition in Beijing and the most comprehensive look at Ji Dachun’s mature practice to date.

Since he started showing in the mid-1990s, Ji’s painting has alternated between a wry figurative mode and an aesthetic characterized by abstract quasi-landscapes and still lifes. In his earlier works, Ji depicts historical figures, cartoonish animals, children’s toys, and everyday objects against stark white backgrounds. These familiar objects and figures are marked by bizarre visual non-sequiturs and juxtapositions, resulting in humorous, otherworldly scenes: cryptic caricatures, cartoonish perversity, and variously macabre, trenchant, and grotesque overtones. The animation cell-like images seem ineffably familiar yet inexorably estranged, resisting conventional interpretation.

Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Website

Contact: Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
798 Art District 4
Jiuxianqiao Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, China
Tel: (86) 10 57 80 02 00

Modern Recluse: Hermit Spirits of Zhu Xinjian
BEIJING  •  Today Art Museum  •  13 - 22 April 2014

Modern Recluse: Hermit Spirits of Zhu Xinjian is the first major exhibition of Zhu Jianxin’s left-hand works. About 150 works of calligraphy, painting, booklets, sketches, manual scripts, videos, documentary and Chinese fan paintings will be on display. The exhibition is a review of the life and artistic achievements of the artist in the past year in Beijing.

The title of the exhibition was decided and hand-written by the artist. As the artist passed away during the preparation of the exhibition in Beijing, the curator decided to add a small amount of the right-hand works and earlier left-hand works to the left-hand works as planned by the artist himself. The aim is to help viewers understand the overall artistic development and styles from different periods of Zhu Jianxin in a more complete retrospect. The exhibition also features video clips of interviews with the artist’s friends. Here we are able to get to learn about the characters of the Zhu not only as an artist but also as a person.

Zhu Jianxin, born 1953 in Nanjing, China, passed away February 2014 in Beijing. The exhibition is given unusual significance since it is the first exhibition after the life of the artist. A session of condolence is planned on the day of the opening ceremony. Zhu graduated from Nanjing Art Academy and his works of naked women with bound feet during the ’85 New Wave of Art Movement in China aroused much controversy. The unique style and erotic element of women with bound feet was regarded as in conflict with the ideological convention at that time and even condemned as “sheer feudalistic rubbish”. Art critic Li Xianting considers Zhu to be one of the representative figures of the Southern School of new painting of the neo-literati. The notion “hooligan culture” was thereby coined and it influenced the later on “cynical realism” in China.

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Chaoyang District
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