On|Off: Contemporary Chinese Art Exhibition
A large-scale group exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China brings young, contemporary Chinese artists together in celebration of the country’s cultural revolution and its growing influence in Western culture.
In one of the most comprehensive surveys to date, On|Off profiles a generation of artists born after the death of Chairman Mao, China’s communist leader (1945-49) and at the beginning of the country’s era of opening up and reform.
As curator Bao Dong suggests: “Chinese artists born after 1975 have grown up toggling between extremes in a rising society and globalised culture, with instant access to information about artistic developments around the world and ample opportunities to travel abroad.” This growing access to new ideas has encouraged diverse and experimental work referencing both Eastern and Western ideals.
A continuing focus on Eastern art and culture in the West will see work become more commercialised as both East and Western-based brands learn how to market to each other’s consumers.