Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue 肖鲁: 语嘿
19 January 2019 -
24 March 2019
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art
181-187 Hay St, Haymarket
Curatorial Assistant: Kelly Doley
Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue 肖鲁:语嘿 is the first retrospective of leading contemporary Chinese artist Xiao Lu. The exhibition is anchored by Xiao Lu’s performance work Dialogue from the landmark China/Avant-Garde exhibition at the National Art Gallery, Beijing, in February 1989. This work, in which the artist fires a gun at her own art installation, is a milestone in the development of contemporary art in China. It has also has been read as a critical turning point in China’s recent history. While Dialogue remains an iconic work of that era, it is also one of the most misunderstood pieces of contemporary Chinese art. Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue 肖鲁:语嘿 examines Xiao Lu’s creative interest in deep emotion, extreme action, and chance. Spanning a period of 30 years, the exhibition presents significant performance works by Xiao Lu including a new commission that explores the artist’s ongoing connection to Australia.
Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue is produced and presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. This exhibition and associated programming are supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship project led by Dr Claire Roberts Reconfiguring the World: China. Art. Agency. 1900s to Now (FT140100743), and the Faculty of Arts, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne.
“肖鲁：语嘿” 是中国当代著名艺术家肖鲁的首次回顾展。展览从肖鲁1989年2月在北京中国美术馆内举办的，具有里程碑意义的中国现代艺术展上的装置行为作品《对话》——艺术家对着自己的装置开枪开始。这件作品在中国当代艺术发展中具有重要意义，被普遍认为是中国现代历史转折的文化信号，但它也成为当代中国艺术中最容易被误解的作品之一。 “肖鲁：语嘿”展示了艺术家对深层情感、极端行动和不同语境的创造发挥，同时也显示艺术家作品的鲜明特质。展览的作品跨越肖鲁30年艺术发展过程，包括一个全新的与悉尼相关的作品。通过这次回顾展，让观众探讨艺术家与澳大利亚的持续关系。
The China/Avant-garde Exhibition and Xiao Lu: 30 Years On
Thursday, 31 January 2019, 11:00pmMore info
Melbourne Public Program – In Dialogue: Gender + Art in Asia
Wednesday, 30 January 2019, 3:00amMore info
Top image: Xiao Lu, Tides (弄潮), 18 January 2019, Sydney, sand and, bamboo, inkjet print on silk; photograph by Jacquie Manning, commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; photo: Kai Wasikowski, courtesy the artist.