Organized by Guangzhou Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art (RMCA) and curated by the renowned international curator David Elliot, the major exhibition “There is no problem – Shen Shaomin’s project” will launch on Hall 1, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art at the afternoon of December 5th, 2015. The exhibition this time is the first time to hold a major solo exhibition of Shen Shaomin in this dozens years in mainland China, including 6 installations artworks and a large-scale art project presenting in half performance and half literatures and documents. The whole exhibition will take place in 4 halls in Redtory Art District and a portion of outdoor spaces which is the hugest exhibition in terms of space-covering since RMCA started.At the date of the opening ceremony, the organizer will invite the curator David Elliot and the artist Shen Shaomin to conduct an academic dialogue in artistic concepts, practice and culture meaning. During the exhibition period, the organizer also will invite the art theorist Pi Daojian and philosopher Zhang Zhiyang to conduct another academic dialogue “What art is or is not”.
David Elliott is a curator, writer and professor of modern and contemporary art who has directed museums in Oxford, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Istanbul. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Triangle Art Network/Gasworks in London, Chairman of the Advisory Board of MOMENTUM in Berlin and a Visiting Professor in Curatorship at the Chinese University in Hong Kong. Shen Shaomin was born in 1956 in Heilongjiang Province in China and he currently lives and works between Beijing, China and Sydney, Australia. He is an internationally famous artist in contemporary installation and conceptual art. Most of his artworks are installation, video and conceptual painting which always circuitously present the living condition of contemporaries and introspect profoundly.
The title of this exhibition is derived from a laconic remark made by Marcel Duchamp, the inventor of the ready-made, whose influence could be seen especially in an installation artwork “Art History” recently created by Shen Shaomin. Besides, the works “Kowtow Pump”, “Bonsai”, “How long is infinity”, “I Sleep on Top of Myself” and “I touched the voice of God” will be shown to the public in Redtory Art District, which were once caught the attentions of international art community. In the work of “Art History”, Shen not only copies, condenses and amplifies the modern art master Duchamp’s artistic concept, but also encourages every visitor to make a comment to the motif of what art it is. All visitors’ comments will compose the artwork itself along with Duchamp’s artistic concept. Moreover, entitled with “I amthe result of myself”,Shen Shaomin will announce the processing method to handle his remains after he die. On the one side, he, in the flesh, will perform on the exhibition site to show the current energetic living-condition. On the other side, tens of artists’ schemes about how to transfer different parts of his remains into works will be shown in exhibition.
The curator David Elliot indicates that Shen Shaomin treats the fragile and transient life of human being as treasures and meanwhile he feels profoundly fear for the reckless destruction human ubiquitously and continuously conduct to the their own living environment. Nevertheless, his creation still reveals the wonderful aspiration deep inside his mind: no matter what the artistic problems or other problems of human’s society are, there is no problem after the solutions are put forward and move forward.
This exhibition will last until April 30th, 2016.
About Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art
Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art (RMCA) is located in Redtory Art Area,Guangzhou. It notonly inherits the architectural pattern of industrial age in last century, butalso penetrates the galleries with contemporary artistic spirits by reactivating and re-utilizing the abandoned plants and factories. The exhibition spaces in RMCA coveran area of over 2,000 square meters, consisting of Hall 1(C3), Hall 2 (C1) and Hall 3 (C4). The flexible and changeable spatial organization provides favorable exhibition conditions for diverse artistic forms at present. Whilst paying attention to the development trends of local and international, modern and contemporary art and concentrating on driving the development of artistic ecology, RMCA also focuses on the latest trends of domestic and foreign famous artists.
Adhering to the exploring spirits of modern art and the creative spirits of modern design, RMCA explores, integrates and motivates the contemporary art resources, transfers the cultural activities to effective and aesthetic experience and provides the audiences with the modern and valuable artistic concepts by holding projects and activities suchas exhibitions, academic researches, national and international art communication, public education, etc.
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About the exhibition
Curator: David Elliott
Organizer: Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art | RMCA
Co-organizer: White Box Art Centre (Beijing)
3:00PM Academic Lecture: David Elliot
4:00PM Academic Dialogue: David Elliot × Shen Shaomin
4:30PM Open Ceremony
Academic Dialogue: What art is or is not
Speakers: Pi Daojian × Zhang Zhiyang
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Mid-March of 2016
Joint Docent Tour with Director of RMCA and Artist
Guests: Yang Xiao, Shen Shaomin
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Duration: 2015.12.5 – 2016.4.30
Venue: Hall 1&2, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art | RMCA, E7/E9 Galleries
(Redtory Art District, No. 128 Yuancun Siheng Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China)
Courtesy of the artist and Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, for further information please visit www.redtory.com.cn.