Floating Time: Chinese prints 1954–2002

Floating Time: Chinese prints 1954-2002

Jide Wu Floating Time I 1994 (detail), woodcut on paper, 44.5 x 59.5 cm. Purchased with funds from the Dr M J Morrissey Bequest Fund in memory of Professor A L Sadler

Floating Time: Chinese prints 1954–2002 will present a selection of modern and contemporary Chinese prints from the University Art Gallery collection. The prints offer fascinating insight into the multifaceted nature of modern and contemporary printmaking in China. While the earlier prints clearly reflect the state-dictated priorities of the Mao era, when art and artists served the revolution, the works made after Mao’s death in 1976 show a much broader range of influences and agendas. Major themes include new takes on labour and rural life; social criticism and the place of the individual in contemporary life; urbanism and the nostalgia evoked by urban decay; and feminine bodies and identities in contemporary China. The collection includes a significant number of works by particularly important artists, including Zhao Zongzao, Hong Hao, Su Xinping, Cao Xingjun, and Li Fan.

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr Stephen Whiteman, Wei Bingqing and Minerva Inwald