Opening on 23 April, ShanghART Beijing is delighted to present the second chapter of special project First Spring during the Gallery Weekend Beijing 2021. The exhibition will feature Sun Xun's hand-drawn animation 'Mythological Time' and a set of relevant cell drawings.
Mythological Time was a commissioned work by the Guggenheim Museum in New York for the 2016 exhibition Tales of Our Time, and this will be its first showcase in China. Comprising a series of classical Chinese paintings on traditional bark paper, this animation explores Sun Xun's hometown Fuxin, a city in northeastern China home to a famous coal mine. It narrates how the industrial city that used to be incomparably significant has now fallen into oblivion, while interweaving with legendary folks tales, alternative political beliefs and recurring historical evolutions. Throughout this journey we can capture a moment of history, which nevertheless is dark and heavy.
Press release courtesy ShanghART.