The Vocabulary of the Visible World displays paintings by 10 artists, who are widely recognized as representatives of Chinese contemporary art, such as Ding Yi, Yan Peiming and Zhang Xiaogang.

Most of them were born in the 1950s and ’60s, and began their artistic careers soon after finishing art school. They were once called the “artists of underground exhibitions”, when contemporary art just emerged as an alternative to the then dominant theme of socialist realism.

The works speak to dynamic styles that have been developing in Chinese art in the past two decades.

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