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Emerging from China's Cultural Revolution

February 1, 2011

The new University Art Museum exhibit, 'East/West: Visually Speaking,' is described as a collection of works by Chinese artists who 'present a multifaceted view of contemporary China as it struggles to define itself and its new place on the world stage.' The artists comment on the merging of Western and Eastern cultures, resulting in adoring images as well as parody.

Sun Ping, (Chinese, born 1953), Acupuncture A78 (Laocoon), 1992-2009; collection of China Visual Arts, Ltd.

East merges with West

East/West: Visually Speaking features the work of eleven Chinese artists/artist groups whose two and three dimensional pieces merge Eastern and Western visual languages. 

The opening reception is Friday, Feb. 4, 7-9 p.m. at the University Art Museum in the University Center for the Arts. The exhibition will be open is open Feb. 1 – April 9.  Admission is free.

A cultural metamorphosis

Many of these artists were born or came of age during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), and thus represent a generation of artists who experienced enormous change in Chinese culture.

Caught between the dense weight of history and tradition, this generation is the first in many years to experience widespread connection to the West. While in some works, their references to Western culture seem adoring, in other works they appear to parody the West, its cultural symbols and values.

Multifaceted view of contemporary China

Each artist presents a multifaceted view of contemporary China as it struggles to define itself and its new place on the world stage. Artists featured include:

  • Cai Lei,
  • Zhong Biao,
  • The Luo Brothers,
  • Sun Ping, among many others.

Exhibit sponsors, organizers

This exhibition was organized by the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and is sponsored in part by China Visual Arts, Ltd.  


Contact: Jennifer Clary
E-mail: jennifer.clary@colostate.edu