The New Normal: China, Art, and 2017

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Max Hooper Schneider, 'Accidental Menagerie'
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) 尤伦斯当代艺术中心 , 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu Sun 19 Mar 2017 - Sun 09 Jul 2017 (Every day except Monday)

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UCCA, Beijing’s most esteemed private institution for contemporary art, has a major group show open now that’s well worth a look. The New Normal starts with the question, 'What is the place of art in China today?', and attempts an answer by way of showcasing new work from more than 20 artists from China and elsewhere colonising all four of UCCA’s gallery spaces.

The exhibition title refers to an official PRC euphemism introduced in 2015 to describe China’s breakneck technologicaleconomic acceleration; the show’s Chinese title translates to 'State of exception', 'a political situation in which the normal laws and regulations of a society are abruptly suspended'. Curators Guo Xi, Yang Zi, Alvin Li, and Wenfei Wang aim to trace the particularly disorienting turbulence of the present moment through art spanning different media, including Lek’s Sinofuturistic video game animation works.

UCCA has mounted a major group show like this every four years since 2009, starting with that year’s Breaking Forecast: 8 Key Figures of China’s New Generation of Artists, and continuing with ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice in 2013. We recommend this latest entry as an authoritative, if not necessarily definitive, presentation of the state of Chinese art in 2017
Date: Sun 19 Mar 2017 - Sun 09 Jul 2017 (Every day except Monday)
Event admission: 60RMB
Venue name: Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) 尤伦斯当代艺术中心
Open: 10am-7pm Tue-Sun
Admission: 60 RMB
English address: 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang district
Chinese address: 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号
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