From April 29th through to June 30th, a contemporary art exhibition named “BAD Exhibition” is being held at the Pin gallery, the 798 Art District, Beijing. The exhibition brings together nine well-known artists from Asia: Fang Lijun, Shen Shaomin, Ji Dachun, Odani Motohiko (Japan), Justin Ponmany(India), Lee HyungKoo(South Korea), Lee YongBaek(South Korea)and Lee SeHyun(South Korea), involving different media including paintings, installations, and visual photography.

The theme of this contemporary art exhibition is “BAD Exhibition”, if explained using the literal meaning of “bad painting”, we have to ask why are the representative works of these international renowned artists entitled “bad”? The curator of this exhibition Yun Cheagab introduced the so-called “bad” as not being literally “inferior” or “not good”, but the artists intend to represent the appeal of breaking free from the traditions of “good painting” dominated by traditional ideology while promoting artists and their works as they grow and prosper in a more open and free environment .

Hailed as one of “ten geek geniuses affected by China’s twentieth century,” Li Zongwu has proposed this question in his work—Black School which was written a hundred years ago, “In Western civilizations, scholars and philosophers appear one after another, why there’s no great scholars in China since the sage Confucius? “and then explained himself that,” the Chinese sage is a kind of arbitrary, and the blind obedience to previous traditions discourage and hinder the appearance of new ideas and truth.”

This interpretation also explains to some extent the development of Chinese art. Compared to the development of Western art, Chinese art lags behind during the same time span, as performance of art works were unified, monotonous, lacking in internal dynamism and rich emotions, then they were reduced to the moral world which only serve pragmatists .The blind obedience to the art world is often so strongly represented through the repeated copying and doctrine of “back to the ancients”.

People in the new era are eager for the openness of artistic creations, the freedom now available in the appreciation of art and multi-presence of art, meanwhile with the roar, persistence and explosion of many outstanding artists and critics, the Chinese avant-garde art has gained great achievements. This can also be taken as the purpose of this contemporary art exhibition, it will not rigidly adhere to the category system of traditional Chinese art and culture but display the fruits of Chinese avant-garde art inspired and influenced by contemporary artistic movements in the world, hoping to arouse a free, open and in-depth discussion among society and attract the general public to pay more attention to Asian contemporary art.

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