Yishu - Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art

Yishu Event: The Xi’an Reunion and Discussion, July 10th, 2011

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

In 1991, the Chinese Art Seminar/Workshop convened at the San Diego State University, which marked the first occasion where Chinese artists were brought together in North America to exchange ideas and create new works. This historic event has provided valuable records for this significant moment in the development of Chinese contemporary art. What has changed since that time? How have the issues and concerns of a group of young artists been challenged and verified over the last two decades? What symbolic meanings can be learned from the lives of the individual artists who have been working under such drastically changing domestic and international social circumstances?

A reunion of the participants from the 1991 event will be held at the Xi’an Art Museum on July 10th, 2011. Drawing inspiration from the previous seminar, the 2011 reunion will review current social and cultural transitions in China and discuss issues concerning personal artistic experience and national fate. By revisiting the structure and discussion of the past conference, our goal is to examine the current state of Chinese contemporary art through broader social and cultural contexts in hopes of initiating a new chapter in Chinese contemporary art development.

In concurrence with the conference, the Xi’an Art Museum will host an exhibition of documentation from the 1991 Seminar/Workshop and of the art works that were created in different periods by the participating artists. This presentation will provide significant visual references for the current discussion. The exhibition will open at 3 pm, on July 9th, 2011.

Date: July 10th, 2011

Location: Xi’an Art Museum

1991年的圣地亚哥 “中国艺术创作研讨会”(The First Chinese Art Seminar/Workshop),是在北美第一次举行的中国艺术创作和讨论的集会。不仅为当时海内外的中国艺术家提供了一个相互交流、专心创作的平台;也为中国当代艺术发展史上的这一关键时刻留下了珍贵的记录,具有不寻常的意义。当初一群青年艺术家在异国他乡所关注、讨论的问题,在经历了整整二十年之后,如何在中国当代艺术发展的足迹中得到检验和印证?艺术家个人的人生历程,在国内外社会沧海桑田的变化中,又具有着怎样的象征意义?





Curators: Shengtian Zheng, Chao Yang, Yifan Wang


Artists and scholars | 参加艺术家和学者(按姓氏字母):

陈丹青 Mr. Chen, Danqing

杜柏贞 Ms. DeBevoise, Jane

韩辛 Mr. Han, Xin

黄雅莉 Ms. Huang, Yali

李默 Mr. Li, Mo

刘小东 Mr. Liu, Xiaodong

阮杰 Mr. Ruan, Jie

孙人 Mr. Sun, Ren

盛姗姗 Ms. Sheng, Shanshan

唐庆年 Mr. Tang, qingnian

杨千 Mr. Yang, Qian

翁子健 Mr. Yung, Anthony

王冬龄 Mr. Wang, Dongling

张建君 Mr. Zhang, Jianjun

徐冰 Mr. Xu, Bing

Organizer: Xi’an Art Museum, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art


Image (top): Symposium in San Diego, 1991

Image (middle): Exibition in San Diego, 1991

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