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Beijing exhibition shows artists’ perspective on rebuilding life after COVID-19
Published: Nov 24, 2021 10:24 PM
Promotional material of the exhibition Photo: Sina Weibo

Promotional material of the exhibition Photo: Sina Weibo


An art exhibition showing China’s emerging artists’ reflections on life in the post-pandemic age has opened in Beijing. 

Under the theme of “reshaping,” the show highlighted the works of 10 artists, aiming to encourage them to interpret how people’s pandemic-impacted lives are being reconstructed with faith and solidarity. The art mediums used include painting, sculpture and multimedia installations. 

The organisers are Today Art Museum, and director Zhang Ran said the goal of the exhibition is “to express the ‘breakthrough’ and ‘rebirth’ of contemporary artists, showing their thinking and resilience amid the setbacks we were all experiencing.” 

“As a young artist, especially a contemporary artist, I feel that the pandemic needs to be explained with different voices in an artistic context. This moves us forward from feeling totally black about it,” Yue, a conceptual artist, told the Global Times.  

Artist Li Bingyuan won the title of “artist of the year,” in a result revealed at the exhibition opening on November 20. As part of the award, he will be able to hold a solo show at the Today Art Museum in Beijing.   

The scheme was co-organised by the Today Art Museum and Wang Shikuo foundation. It was first launched in 2016, and has been carried out four times before being interrupted by COVID-19. 

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