Tang Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the opening of Five Monologic Spatial Dialogues, a group exhibition by themost important five artists in China: Liu Qinghe, Sui Jianguo, Su Xinping, Xu Bing, and Zhan Wang. Curated by Yin Ji'nan, the exhibition will open in the gallery's second space in Beijing, on January 4, 2020, in the Beijing gallery's second space.
Five Monologic Spatial Dialogues
by Yin Ji'nan
The human context has been globalized; although the trade dispute is not a substitute for a cold war, it has occupied ourminds to a certain extent. We know that nationalism cannot replace internationalism, and realism cannot replace idealism. Of course, these pressing, real subjects cannot necessarily become perfect artistic subjects.
Spring Festival is coming close on the heels of the New Year, and between the international New Year and Chinese NewYear, we have added this exhibition, placing five very distinctive artists in one space and creating dialogues in monologuesand monologues in dialogues. Proposing an artistic idea that they can all agree upon is very difficult, but they have similarbackgrounds and international cultural contexts, and they were all born in the 1950s and 1960s. They were witnesses toReform and Opening and social transformation in China, and they were participants in Chinese contemporary artmovements. They provided their own ideas and art forms.
The earliest thought behind this exhibition came from a book I edited, entitled How Do We Make Art Today? (ShandongFine Arts Publishing House). It contained written statements from five artists, including Mao Xuhui from Yunnan and ChaoGe from Beijing. These statements were essentially monologues, and the ideals behind monologues hope to achieveunderstanding through dialogue. I hope that they can use tangible works of art, not words, to present monologues anddialogues in the same space. Their dialogue with one another, their collective dialogue with the changing world, and theirliving dialogue with their souls provide an art form for spiritual and intellectual monologues.
January 2020, Beijing
Press release courtesy Tang Contemporary Art.