Ma Desheng at the Venice Biennale – Voice of the Unseen, Chinese Independent Art Since 1979

10th May 2013

Voice of the Unseen, Chinese Independent Art Since 1979


Arsenale, Tesa alle Nappe n. 91, Tese di San Cristoforo n. 92-93-94
Organisation: Guangdong Museum of Art
In 1979 an exhibition of works on the Wall of Democracy, opened in Xidan Beijing giving rise to a group of artists of increasing influence who worked in a newly developing independent art scene in China. However, the simple questions ‘who are they?’, ‘where are they?’, and ‘what are they doing now?’, arise with tremendous ease.
This event is the most ambitious attempt to comprehensively answer these questions, highlighting the history of Chinese art for the last thirty years through work by artists who worked in the Post-Avant-garde of the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the movement of the non-official, or independent, Chinese art.
There are nine themes: Body, Family, Village, Landscape, Ruins, Poverty, Magic, Memory, and History. These are narrated through works that are recently or especially made for the show, in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance, and accompanied by the largest reference library of Chinese culture ever created up to now as part of an art exhibition.