Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci di Prato, in collaboration with Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai presents Moving Image in China 1988–2011

The Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci di Prato, in collaboration with Minsheng Art Museum Shanghai, presents the first large scale exhibition of the story of Chinese video art: Moving Image in China 1988–2011, on view through 1 August 2012. A selection of over forty works that recount the birth and development of the genre in China, from the first video created by Zhang Peili at the end of the nineteen eighties, up to one of the latest grand productions of the international star Yang Fudong.

Yang Fudong, Yejiang/The night man cometh (still), 2011. 19:21 minutes. Courtesy Shanghart.com

Almost fifty years have passed since the appearance in the West of the first experiments with video and today it is just one of many media utilized by artists. A significantly different situation is the case in China, where the possibility to utilize video technology is a relatively recent phenomenon with no more than twenty-five years of history. Even today the debate about the concept of video art is a key question for Chinese artists and, as can be seen in the title of the exhibition, it has been referred to as the moving image because, from the very beginning, research met with increasingly mature possibilities made available by new technology (animation, digital art, etc.).

Moving Image in China 1988–2011 proposes to a Western public a brand new exhibition experience, accompanying visitors through the works of the major video artists including (in addition to the above-mentioned Zhang Peili and Yang Fudong) Cao Fei, Qiu Zhijie, and Wang Jianwei. On a more general level, the exhibition also represents an affirmation of new media with a strong inclination towards the poetic, an aspect typical of Chinese culture, while also envisaging possible future directions with the presence of the youngest representatives of this genre, such as Lu Yang, Chen Zhou, and Wang Sishun.

The exhibition, curated by He Juxing, Guo Xiaoyan, Zhou Tiehai, and Marco Bazzini, is divided into four sections which follow the development of Chinese video art from the end of the nineteen eighties until toda. It promises to be one of the most exhaustive and methodical exhibitions of this phenomenon.

Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci
The exhibition rooms
Viale della Repubblica 277
Prato, Italy
Hours: Daily 10–7pm
from 30 May 4–11pm, closed on Tuesdays
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