Monday, August 09, 2010

The Pavilion of Realism, Other Gallery/Shanghai, April 23- June 1, 2010

April 23- June1, 2010
The Pavilion of Realism is an international exhibition inspired by a similarly titled exhibition organized by Realist painter Gustave Courbet. Courbet’s pavilion was a direct response to the rejection of one of his works from the 1855 Paris Universal Expo. The Pavilion of Realism updates the political tension between the Universal Expo and Courbet’s pavilion within the context of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.  Like the official French salons of the 18th and 19th centuries where art was censored because it engaged politics, countries participating in the 2010 World Expo will promote nationhood via culture and art; yet what will be displayed will likely not explore the most pressing issues affecting the global community today. In contrast and in spirit with Courbet’s oppositional exhibition, The Pavilion of Realism will present challenging art that addresses social and political problems with “realism” absent in the exhibiting pavilions of the 2010 World Expo.

Other Gallery Shangai  curated by Raul Zamudio & Maarten Bertheaux

Artist(s) Gordon Cheung, Duan Ying Mai, Gao Lei, Christopher K. Ho, Huang Xiaopeng, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Jiang ChongwuJin Yangping, Lin Meiya, Liu MinLu LeiNi Haifeng, Michael Yeu Tong, Sarah Tse, Wang Yishu, Sherry Wong, Zhang Hongtu

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