Running until 9th December 2012
If you haven’t been to this show yet, check out the below video which gives you an insight in to what’s on offer… then get yourself to the Hayward Gallery before the show ends!
‘Art of Change’ offers audiences insight in to the fascinating works and history of installations and performance art from China, spanning 30 years. In 1989, both these genres of art were banned by the Chinese governmental art system, disregarded as art forms. Going against the grain, as many an art genre has, installation and performance art emerged in a energetic cloud of defiance, as an underground and subversive form of expressive art.
It is only since 2000 that it has become a more accepted part of the art world in China. Expect to see works by Yingmei Duan, who took part in To Add One Meter To An Anonymous Mountain’ (1995), a highly regarded performance art piece, with the artist heavily influenced by Marina Abramović. And works by Chen Zhen, Gu Dexin, MadeIn Company, Liang Shaoji, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu , Wang Jianwei and Xu Zhen.
Such is art’s tendency to become hugely popular when entering what is deemed controversial territory by one or many cultures; this exhibition will celebrate the success of this once frowned-upon strand of China’s art scene. Expect the show to “offer us something very conventional from a Western perspective.” (Stephanie Rosenthal, Chief Curator, Hayward Gallery)
‘Art Of Change: New Directions in China’
Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
Opening hours: Mon-Wed, Sat-Sun 10am – 6pm; Thu-Fri 10am – 8pm