Tour Exhibition of Chinese Pavilion at Venice Biennale Debuts in Wenzhou

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Yesterday, the tour exhibition of Chinese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale debuted at How Art Museum Wenzhou. Wang Chunchen, curator of the Chinese Pavilion, brought six Chinese artists’ different works at the Venice festival to art lovers in Wenzhou, including installation, painting, photography and video etc.

The Venice Biennale, held every two years, is reputed as a trend indicator of contemporary art in the world. It is among the world’s three major art exhibitions together with Documenta at Kassel, Germany and St Paul Biennale. The 55th Venice Biennale titled the Encyclopedia Palace ran from June 1 to November 24, 2013 in Venice. The Chinese Pavilion with the theme of Transfiguration, displayed seven Chinese artists’ art and thinking, and received high praise from the art world.

According to Wang Chunchen, transfiguration at the Chinese Pavilion refers to changes in contemporary art, the surpassing of the gap between life and art, and the transformation of life to art, of the commonplace to visual or performance art, and of non-art to art. For art, transfiguration means innovation, pioneering and creativity, which in itself is in the midst of development and change. Transfiguration emphasizes things that are changing, and it is the portrayal of China's social development during the last 30 years of reform and opening up.

At the tour exhibition at How Art Museum Wenzhou, about 20 art works from six Chinese artists at the Chinese Pavilion are displayed to show their thinking about transfiguration, including Hu Yaolin’s architectural installation Thing in Itself, a traditional Huizhou-style house using wooden structures; Shu Yong’s installation Guge Bricks, resin bricks with popular Chinese phrases translated into English by using Google’s automatic translation; Wang Qing Song’s photography Follow Him, reflecting China’s contemporary education system in a large classroom filled with rows of exhausted students and mountains of books; He Yunchang’s Seawater of Venice, an interactive installation with hundreds of small bottles containing sea water on a bench on the lawn; Miao Xiaochun’s Discovering Something Out Of Nothing, an oil on canvas using 3D technology; and Zhang Xiaotao’s Sakya, a digital animation about Tibetology, Tibetan Buddhism, archaeology, digital technology and new media language.

The tour exhibition in Wenzhou will be running from March 15 to May 4, 2014 at How Art Museum Wenzhou, an art gallery located in Howard Johnson Onehome Hotel Wenzhou.


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