Voice of the Unseen: Chinese independent art 1979-today

Who are, where are they, and what are doing now the artists who, with the historical event of the 1979 exhibition on the “Wall of Democracy” of Xidan in Beijing, gave birth to the growingly influential stream of independent contemporary art in China? This event is the most ambitious attempt to date to answer comprehensively to these questions, highlighting the history of Chinese art of the last thirty years through the work of the artists who created, from the Post-Avant-garde of the ‘80s and ‘90s, the movement of the non-official, or independent, Chinese art.
Body – Family – Village – Landscape – Ruins – Poverty – Magic – Memory – History
The nine themes are narrated through works, recent or expressly made, in various media: painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance, accompanied by the largest reference library of Chinese culture ever created up to now as part of an art exhibition.

 

Organization: Guangdong Museum of Art

This exhibition is a spiritual child of curator Wang Lin, for over three decades one of the most influential critic leaders in China.

This exhibition is a spiritual child of curator Wang Lin, for over three decades one of the most influential critic leaders in China. Wang Lin has asked the opinion of a group of 12 well-known cristics and art experts, to guarantee a 360° vision on the contemporary art scene in the Asian nation.

Voice of the Unseen

This exhibition is the most ambitious attempt so far to draw light into the history of Chinese art in the last three decades, rewritten through the work of 188 between artists and groups that have animated, from the Post-Avant-Garde of ’80s-’90s to our day, the uno cial art movement in China.

For its character, extent, and location, on 4500 square meters inside the Arsenale, Voice of the Unseen is an epoch-making event: the largest show of independent Chinese art organized so far in the Western world, with a 50% of artists who had never been shown before outside the national borders.

This exhibition is a spiritual child of curator Wang Lin, for over three decades one of the most influential critic leaders in China. Wang Lin has asked the opinion of a group of 12 well-known cristics and art experts, to guarantee a 360° vision on the contemporary art scene in the Asian nation.

According to Wang Lin, the Western world still has a partial and somewhat warped view of Chinese art, influenced both by the choices of Western and Chinese curators and art dealers, and by the vision promoted by the Chinese o cialdom.

But in this historical moment, says Wang Lin, never as before China wants to talk, wants its real, original, spontaneous voice to be heard. China wants to create a bridge of human, cultural and artistic content towards the other nations of the world.

A passage through an event of worldwide cultural significance as the Biennale can be highly relevant to support the new Chinese art in the deep transformation that the Asian nation is experiencing in this moment.

In line with the theme proposed by the Artistic Director of the 55th International Art Exhibition, Voice of the Unseen transforms the Tese di San Cristoforo No. 92, 93, 94, and the magnificent Nappa No. 91 (a space never used before for an art event) of the Venice Arsenal into a vast encyclopedia of contemporary Chinese life and culture, divided into 9 sections:

Family – Village – Ruins – Poverty – Body – Landscape – Memory – History – Magic

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