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8848 - 1.86 , Xu Zhen Solo Exhibition
Solo Exhibition Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Date: 2006

Artists: XU Zhen 徐震

Solo exhibition: Xu Zhen
(Saturday10 June through Sunday 13 August 2006)
Xu Zhen (b. Shanghai, 1977) is one of the most controversial artists of his generation. He was instrumental in establishing the independent art centre Bizart in Shanghai and was an inspiring force for many young artists.

The exhibition shows the room-filling installation, 8848 - 1.86 which documents the artist's brave venture to literally saw off the top of Mount Everest.

Art
In two presentations 'the New Urban Realities' group exhibition and the Xu Zhen solo exhibition at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen shows how the latest generation of Chinese artists is reacting to these spectacular changes.

New Urban Realities: Concrete reality
Artists such as Yang Zhenzong, Wang Jiangwei, Yang Fudong and Xing Danwen scrutinize the idealized images of prosperity, status, love and power that are propagated via the mass media and give them a personal twist. The works of art by seventeen artists brought together in New Urban Realities provide a fascinating impression of the many faces of the Chinese Dream: series of photos of skyscrapers, snapshots of urban life, video installations that portray the individual searching for meaning in the concrete reality of the metropolis.

Solo exhibition: Xu Zhen
Xu Zhen (b. Shanghai, 1977) is one of the most controversial artists of his generation. He was instrumental in establishing the independent art centre Bizart in Shanghai and was an inspiring force for many young artists.

The exhibition shows the room-filling installation, 8848 - 1.86 which documents the artist brave venture to literally saw off the top of Mount Everest.


Visual Culture
The mass media in China have grown as quick as lightning in recent years, and a thriving digital culture has evolved thanks to the Internet. The staggering economic growth has caused an explosion in information in which the visual image ?carried by media including television, photography, fashion, advertising, magazines, newspapers and blogs ?plays a lead role. How are the younger generations of Chinese people responding to the turbulent developments? And how do they relate to the Chinese visual tradition and to censorship?

The Nederlands fotomuseum presents a fascinating and sparkling snapshot of contemporary Chinese visual culture for the first time in the Netherlands and carries a new voice from the People抯 Republic.

The exhibition includes magazines such as Vision, City Pictorial and Urban China, publications and cultural project by Modern Media, work of the designers Ou Ning, JiJi, Wang Yiyang, Zhang Da, MEWE, Peng&Chen, websites, critical blogs, billboards and slogans.

Symposium: The New New Human Being
On Sunday, June 11, there is a symposium in the NAI at which nine architects, artists and designers from China will talk about and debate current developments in architecture, the visual arts and visual culture. The participants include Pi Li, Ou Ning and Zhou Rong. In association with the International Institute for Asian Studies.

Location & time: NAI auditorium, 11:00 ?18:00. Reservations: http://www.nai.nl/register

Locations
Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI)M
Museumpark 25, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museumpark 18-20, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Nederlands fotomuseum
Witte de Withstraat 63, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Websites
http://www.nai.nl
http://www.boijmans.nl
http://www.nederlandsfotomuseum.nl

Multi-day pass
You can purchase a multi-day pass for the three venues.


Related Texts:
"8848-1.86" list of all elements
Text of Video: '8848-1.86'

Related PDF:
XU Zhen-"8848-1.86" - 2005

Links:
8848-1.86 at H-Space ,

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