The Vocabulary of the Visible Word – Painting
8 cities, 9 museums, 120 Chinese artists, 500 works – shown for the first time in Germany. China 8 is the largest institutional exhibition of contemporary art from China ever to be assembled anywhere in the world.
In keeping with the concept of the institution, the MKM is presenting within the framework of the exhibition CHINA 8 paintings by ten Chinese artists whose development the museum has been following intensely for twenty years and who are now firmly established within the Chinese art scene and, in some cases, also internationally.
The artists, whose works are exhibited in the MKM, were born primarily in the late 1950s and 1960s, completed their studies in the early 1980s, and began their artistic careers soon after. At the academies, they were taught according to the methods of Socialist Realism. In Chinese society, a realistic painting style and distinctive craftsmanship are traditionally an important sign of artistic quality; nevertheless, much more than this is necessary today to create art that will continue to live on in the future. The Centre for Modern and Contemporary Art in Duisburg is thus presenting the stylistic and thematic diversity of contemporary Chinese painting, which reveals itself to be an ‘aesthetic vocabulary of the visible world’.
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,…