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The Materialists are All Asleep , A Retrospective of Lu Chunsheng
Solo Exhibition The Red Mansion Foundation, London, U.K.
Date: 02.06, 2008 - 04.20, 2008

Artists: LU Chunsheng 陆春生

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Wednesday 6 February 2008
Private view at The Red Mansion Foundation
6pm - 8.30pm
Conversation between Hans Ulrich Obrist and Lu Chunsheng,
followed by Question and Answer Session, from 7pm - 7.45pm

The Red Mansion Foundation is pleased to present its third exhibition at 46 Portland Place. The Foundation invited Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, to curate the first solo retrospective exhibition of the work of the artist Lu Chunsheng. Lu Chunsheng graduated from the Department of Sculpture at the China National Academy of Fine Arts, and now focuses mostly on photography and video art. Since the late 1990's his photographs, video and multimedia art works have been recognized on an international level, though he has been well respected and renowned for many years in China, where he is regarded as extremely influential within the new generation of Chinese artists. Today he lives and works in Shanghai. The Red Mansion Foundation is honoured to host his first solo retrospective exhibition, which will allow the viewer a more in-depth and profound understanding of his work than earlier group shows have warranted.

Lu Chunsheng's work consists of brooding films and photographs which appear preoccupied with the Industrial Era and Communist History. However, the stories told via his films are more mystic than nostalgic. There is a surrealist attitude to his videos; using fixed camera positions, endless drawn-out shots and seemingly amateurish shooting techniques, he documents human behavior in inexplicable and often bizarre situations. Unlike most of his fellow artists emerging from the same generation, he does not focus on the estrangement following an accelerated urbanization (including its stream of rapidly moving images and perplexed inhabitants). Instead, he has developed an oeuvre where the characters depicted (either photographically or on video) find themselves in undoubtedly weird situations. His more recent work, the series 'The History of Chemistry I & II' (2004 and 2006), is the latest and the most spectacular achievement of his exploration of a familiar but remote world.

The Red Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, which promotes artistic exchange between China and the Great Britain through a programme of lectures, exhibitions, The Red Mansion Art Prize and Building Bridges, an exchange programme for established artists. The Red Mansion Foundation is co-producer and co-sponsor of a series of exhibitions entitled China Power Station, held at Battersea Power Station, (a show in which Lu Chunsheng featured prominently), Oslo and Beijing, The Real Thing at Tate Liverpool, the Chinese Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale and the 10th Istanbul Biennale in 2007.

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