Two folk artists and two contemporary artists have been commissioned to convey the meaning of the above narrative. Folk crafts and the works of contemporary artists permeate each other.
Suzhou embroidery master Yao Huifen will recreate the Skeleton Fantasy Show through the use of more than a hundred exquisite and unique techniques, and participate in making Tang Nannan’s work The Forgotten Sea. Wu Jian’an and shadow play master Wang Tianwen have been collaborating for many years. For this exhibition, they will create new works inspired by the imagery of mountain/sea as well as Ma Yuan’s water paintings. Tang Nannan, who was born into a theatrical family, shadow play master Wang Tianwen, Wu Jian’an from Shanghai Jinshan, and Yao Huifen from Suzhou will also produce new collaborative works. Thus the entire exhibition will form a network of intertextual and collective creation. Each artist will collaborate with the other three artists; at the same time, additional curators and artists will collaborate to form a living performance.
Chinese art is not the isolated creation of a single mortal Chinese artist, but is a collective creation across five thousand years. It is a scholarly recital and gathering lasting thousands of years. Chinese artists do not work in solitude. Their creations are always a kind of response, a kind of enlightenment, in anticipation of echoing and of being critiqued and commented upon. This exhibition strives to transform the idea and imagery of ”Bu Xi” into archival evidence. A section to display archival documents will be established in the pavilion, showing the educational lineage of these four artists. Unlike the previous Chinese Pavilions, this section is not a mere supplement, but the spiritual essence of this exhibition.
13 May 2017 – 26 November 2017
Continuum – Generation by Generation
Curator : Qiu Zhijie