COMMUNE, 27 August 2014—1 February 2015
For most of China’s 1.3 billion people, the struggles of daily life are far more pressing than politics. They may long to escape the jostling crowds, but they find strength and solace in others, too—and they suffer when human connections break, leaving them lost and alone.
COMMUNE brings together the responses of some of China’s most exciting contemporary artists to the pleasures and pains of the human drama, exploring realities that outsiders may never have experienced directly, yet instinctively understand. Their takes are solemn, funny, beautiful, bizarre; often uniquely Chinese, yet always deeply human.
- Bai Yiluo’s Spring and Autumn 1 (2007), a tree whose branches are old and new farm tools
- 2010 (2010-11), in which Xia Xing, a former printer, documents an entire year in 60 oil paintings of newspaper photographs
- The Static Eternity (2012), a perfect recreation of the simple rural home of Gao Rong’s late grandmother, made entirely from embroidered cloth
- The Remnants of Images (2013), by Hu Jieming, ordinary-looking archival cabinets containing softly animated historical and contemporary photographs
- Ai Weiwei’s 500 kg of porcelain Sunflower Seeds (2010, above), created by an entire community and a striking metaphor for the relationship between the individual and the collective
- Everything from Nothing (2013), in which Wang Lei reflects on a verse from the Tao Te Ching by cutting out the faces and datelines, and literally knitting together the stories, from a year’s worth of newspapers.
Also on show: works by Chen Mingqian, Chung Shun-Weng, He Yunchang, Jiang Jian, Jin Shan, Li Wei, Lin Zhi, Li Xiaofei, Michael Lin, Qiu Xiaofei, Shen Liang, and Zhang Lidan.
White Rabbit reopens on Wednesday, August 27. Normal opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We close for the months of February and August to install new shows.