Posted by: oliviapontet | August 17, 2016

Discover the contempory art in China

The market of the Chinese contemporary art has known these last few years a strong increase. This could be explained by the economic growth form the Chinese economy, which was significant and helped the Chinese to become richer. With a higher purchasing power, and the emergence of the middle class, the Chinese are looking for more diversified hobbies and center of interests. And thanks to the western influence, the interest of the Chinese are becoming stronger, always looking for more social prestige. And regarding the security policy in the country, it is definitely for the Chinese a good way to express themselves and the less censored one in China. We can find for instance the denunciation of tortures of red guards, which is not related in the history books of the country.

The beginning of the Chinese contemporary art

The Chinese contemporary art takes its origins from the time of Mao. Indeed, until his death in 1976, the artists were only making masterpieces representing the “socialist realism”, the totalitarian art that needed to serve the interests of the communist party.

The Chinese art knew a new era with the arrival of Deng Xiaoping in the Chinese government, bringing a new opening from 1989. It is characterized by a certain freedom expression and a boom of creativity. Some new artistic movements are arising, like the “Xiamen dada” and the “policial pop art”.

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The events occurred in Tiananmen have shocked the Chinese artists, who took the decision to leave for foreign countries. This was the born of an hybrid art, a good mix between western and eastern art.

The boom of the Chinese art

The market of the Chinese art has really exploded in the 2000s, with the emergence of the masterpieces delivering messages. The content of those are implicating more contextual messages. Between 2004 and 2006, the sales of Asian contemporary arts from Sotheby’s and Christie’s, professionals in this industry, are currently escalating. These sales increase from 22 to 190 million of dollar! Most of these sales are Chinese, and half of the most popular artists are Chinese.

Nowadays, these artists have become multimillionaire. We can find Wang Guagyi, who owns a Jaguar car, and a mansion of 10 000 m² in Beijing, and many other galleries all around the world like in the 798 neighbor in Beijing, made from old weapon factories and transformed.

Among the biggest Chinese artists, we can today find the Gao brothers. These former activists from Tiananmen, sometimes censored, have nowadays more than 798 galleries and have an international dimension worldwide. They are the author of remarkable performances, like the one where they destroy a Mao status with women’s breasts.

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There is also Yue Minjun, a “realist cynic” really appreciated from the Chinese patrons. Its masterpieces are also available at the Cartier foundation in Paris.

Liu Bolin is also a famous artist coming from China with a solid reputation in the art industry? After its factory has been shut down in Beijing, and the interdiction of exposing its pictures, he started his own “silent revolution”. He also camouflaged himself in the urban scenery in order to protest against the government.

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An uncertain future

The contemporary art in China stays very rich: you would be able to find some other interesting artists. You can find some masterpieces at the Loft gallery and some other design objects from China at the Chinart gallery as well.

We don’t know if this trend is just a fad or is destined to become a more durable trend along the time. Regarding the events China went through recently, and the changes the Chinese society is facing, we can definitely expect some other changes in the art industry and more creativity in the next few years.

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