Sightseeing from Beijing - at the University Art Gallery and the SCA Galleries
Exhibition dates: 23 June - 22 August 2004
An international exhibition exchange from China's Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing opened at two University of Sydney campuses and was on display until 22 August 2004.
This project included the exchange of two exhibitions and several artists between the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, Sydney College of the Arts and the University of Sydney Art Collection.
Sightseeing from Beijing featured some of the latest avant-garde works by China's leading artists. There were installations, paintings and prints by eleven contemporary artists all of whom teach in the most prestigious art academy in China, the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing.
The artists were Chen Wenji, Dai Shihe, Lu Shengzhong, Miao Xiaochun, Kang Jianfei, Su Xinping, Tan Ping, Zhang Wang, Wang Huaxiang, Wang Yuping, and Wu Yi.
Among a small group of contemporary Chinese artists who have obtained world-wide renown, Lu Shengzhong is unique in his quest to express individuality and contemporaneity through a Chinese folk art form- the art of paper cutting.
The 50 works on display reflected the vibrancy and energy of China's contemporary art scene. Large scale photographic works by Miao Xiaochun look at daily life in China from the viewpoint of an ancient philosopher. Su Xinping's pastels draw on his traditional nomadic upbringing on the Mongolian steppes. Zhang Wang's Urban landscape installation made from stainless steel tableware represented China at the foremost art event in Europe, the Venice Biennale in 1993.