Sightseeing from Beijing

Kang Jianfei Untitled woodcut; Su Xinping The Swimmer: Lu Shengzhong
Dictionary installation.

Sightseeing from Beijing


Dates: 25 June to 22 August 2004

Opening: Thursday 24 June 2004 at 6.30 pm

Artist: Chen Wenji, Dai Shihe, Lu Shengzhong, Miao Xiaochun, Kang Jianfei, Su Xinping, Tan Ping, Zhang Wang, Wang Huaxiang, Wang Yuping, and Wu Yi

To be opened by Edmund Capon AM, OBE Director Art Gallery of New South Wales with Justice Kim Santow Chancellor of the University of Sydney and Acting Vice Chancellor Professor John Hearn.



An international exhibition exchange from China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing opens on two University of Sydney campuses and will be on display in two venues until 22 August 2004.

This project includes the exchange of two exhibitions and several artists between the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and Sydney College of the Arts and the University of Sydney Art Collection.

Sightseeing from Beijing features some of the latest avant-garde works by China’s leading artists. There are installations, paintings and prints on display 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 are 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, pictured right.

The 50 works on display reflect 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 imagery draws on his traditional upbringing on the Mongolian steppes and more recent observations of rapid change in city living. Dai Shihe takes his inspiration from the remote past for his painted fables of modern life where dinosaurs roam. Zhang Wang’s photographs document his installation Urban landscape made from stainless steel tableware which represented China at the foremost art event in Europe, the Venice Biennale in 1993.

Sightseeing from Beijing - at the University Art Gallery Main Quadrangle University of Sydney Opens Wednesday 23 June 2004 at 6.00 pm with talks by artists Su Xinping and Dai Shihe. Exhibition dates: 24 June - 22 August, Tue - Thur 12 - 4.

Sightseeing from Beijing - at the SCA Galleries Sydney College of the Arts Balmain Road Rozelle (enter at Cecily Street). Tel. 02 9351 1008. Opens Thursday 24 June 2004 at 6.00 pm. Exhibition dates: 24 June - 6 August, Tue - Fri 11 - 5.

Supported by a grant from the International Development Fund of the University of Sydney. Co-curators Professor Tan Ping CAFA and Sioux Garside University of Sydney.

For images and information contact Sioux Garside on 02 9351 4004.