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Painting in China Today: The Art of Liu Dahong

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Lecture by Professor Liu Dahong, Professor Shane McCausland and Mr Johnson Chang, presenting the art of Liu Dahong

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Professor Shane McCausland (Percival David Professor of the History of Art, SOAS, University of London) will introduce art in China today. The lecture takes a wide-angled view on contemporary Chinese art, in this year, 2019, which is a year of such significant anniversaries, stretching back to the birth of the New Culture or May Fourth Movement in 1919. It scans and maps patterns and ripples across a wide range of exemplary artistic practices, from the abstract painting of Ding Yi (b. 1962) to the pyrotechnical art of Cai Guo-qiang (b. 1957), and from the socially and environmentally driven scroll painting of Ji Yunfei (b. 1963) to the disarming humour in video of Kan Xuan (b. 1972).

Mr Johnson Chang (leading curator and commentator on Chinese contemporary art and founder of Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong) will give further context to the art of Liu Dahong.

Professor Liu Dahong (leading contemporary artist and Supervisor of Graduate Art Students, College of Fine Art, Shanghai Normal University) will then speak on Piggybacking on the Marxist Beliefs: The Maoist Cathedral , illustrating his talk with references to his paintings. "The greatest contribution of China to the world in the 20th century was the rise of the new Maoist school moulded by the ghosts of Marx and Lenin, which was a gigantic change never seen in a millennium. I had the privilege to witness the God-creating frenzy during the Cultural Revolution which still lingers today. This is why I feel obliged to portray its images and try to map its paradigm as a caution to all of us."

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