展览Exhibition-进化:惑 Evolution: A Question

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作为元空间第一次对中国当下年轻一代艺术家的集中呈现,于2013年9月28日至2013年11月16日举行的“进化:惑”为元空间的展览项目带来了鲜活而新颖的维度。此次展览以艺术家胡昀、郭鸿蔚和艺术小组 “未知博物馆”的装置、电影、纪录片和绘画为主。这些多样而丰富的展品由参展艺术家共同的关注点——艺术的本质,以及当今日新月异的公共展示的本质——串联在一起。

策展人为此次展览选取了工作方式截然不同的两位年轻艺术家和一个年轻的艺术群体,他们都在思考人类观看和体验文化艺术的历史演变,而这一项人类活动形成于几个世纪以来的博物馆参观行为。

《神秘花园:里弗斯的雉鸡》是一件优雅的装置作品,充满了有趣的细枝末节。从表面上看,它适合被放在任何历史博物馆,但实际上,它却运用了非常当代的手段提示了历史的复杂性, 既十九世纪收藏行为背后隐藏的权力关系。

通过一系列精致的水彩画,在北京工作和生活的艺术家郭鸿蔚同样将眼光放到十八世纪——自十八世纪以来,自然世界是以何种方法被分类的。

未知博物馆运用多种媒介呈现他们的研究和考察,并邀请多个合作伙伴对某个领域的研究发出声音。

此次展览的策展人是凯伦·史密斯。

Evolution: A Question

As the first presentation of projects from the young generation of Chinese contemporary artists, Evolution: A Question combines installations, film and documentary works and paintings as the mediums used by Hu Yun, Guo Hongwei and Museum of Unknown. The diverse display is united by a common endeavour and set of concerns: the nature of art and its public display in the ever-changing culture of today.

Each work reflects the evolution of viewing and experiencing culture and art as a human activity. The Hu Yun Secret Garden: Reeves’s Pheasant deploys very contemporary means to comment on the complexities of history that surrounded the power to form such collections in the nineteenth century.

Through an exquisite series of watercolour paintings, Guo Hongwei also looks back to the means by which the natural world was classified beginning in the eighteenth century.

Museum of Unknown uses multiple mediums to present its research and multiple partners, each of whom are known for their individual contribution to a particular field of research.

This exhibition has been curated by Karen Smith.

艺术家简介

上海艺术家胡昀首先回顾了帝国主义历史。在那个时代,殖民者在认知自然世界上具有特别的贡献,他们的收获构成了今天自然历史博物馆藏品的核心,伦敦的自然历史博物馆就是个很好的例子。

由于媒介的特性,郭鸿蔚的作品在完成过程中是不允许出任何错误的。他用扎实的绘画功底,挑战当下流行的对纯粹美的厌恶,以此尖锐地对绘画与再现的传统表达了自己的态度。

来自上海的未知博物馆是一个艺术家团体,他们在一起探索属于当今世界的“今天博物馆”,以博物馆不断进化的社会文化价值为基础。此次展览未知博物馆邀请了来自欧宁、徐坦、毛晨雨、廖文峰、李牧和李一凡的项目参与。

About the artists

Shanghai-based Hu Yun looks back to an imperial age, during which colonizers played a particular role in mapping the natural world; contributing to collections which are today the core of natural history museums, like London’s Natural History Museum.

Using exemplary skill, with no single mistake permitted, Guo Hongwei defies the contemporary distaste for unadulterated beauty to achieve a poignant comment on the conventions of representation as well as of painting.

The Shanghai-based organization Museum of Unknown is a collective of artists who work together to explore the idea of “museum for today” in the immediate world and in light of its evolving socio-cultural values. This presentation includes contributions from Ou Ning, Xu Tan, Mao Chenyu, Liao Wenfeng, Li Mu and Li Yifan.

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