Currently on exhibit at the Palazzo Reale in Milan is an retropective exhibition titled “China: Contemporary Revival” that brings together 180 pieces of China finest contemporary artworks from over 50 Chinese artists illustrating the state of the Contemporary art movement in China over the past 15 years.
Included in the exhibition are the Contemporary Terracotta Warriors from one of our favorite, Yue MinJun. Having been a big fan of his over the past years and seeing these sculptures in real life back in mid 2008 in Hong Kong, the three dimensional aspect of these sculptures really heighten the message behind Yue’s distinctive artwork: A laughter that appears to be convulsive, intense, and manic, but also insincere and forced, offering political commentary on the irony between personal freedom and happiness in modern Chinese society. A culturally significant message artistically expressed through a medium and form that transcends cultural boundaries.
Perhaps one of the best known artist of the Cynical Realist movement that emerged in the 1990’s after the
Tiananmen student protests in 1989, and the suppression of artistic expression by the Chinese government in that era, Yue Minjun was one of the first artists to translate this new ironic view of contemporary life, one that is expressed in the nihilistic hilarity at a time when little was funny. Other notable artists of from this era the likes of Zhang Xiaogang, and Huang Yong Ping will also be seen at the exhibition.
On show from December 11, 2009 to February 7, 2010.
Take a look at the video interview with the curator below, where you will also get a good look into what the exhibition entails.
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