The Hidden Beauty of Chinese Art: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the HKSAR

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Globalisation, liberty are among the themes of Chinese contemporary artworks showcased by Art100 Art Space.

Photo Credit: Jasmine Lee

The HKCEC hosted the “Special Exhibition of the 20th Anniversary of the HKSAR” from 1-7 June. The exhibition, organised by Art100 Art Space, was a culmination of Chinese contemporary artists in a celebration of talent from both mainland and Hong Kong artists.

Artists featured at the exhibition included Wang Guangyi and Mao Jia. Wang is well-known in the Chinese contemporary art community for the hybridisation of Eastern and Western influences. The style of historical Chinese propaganda while incorporating Western brand giants such as Chanel and Coca-Cola as a commentary on Chinese communism and globalisation. He is one of the most notable artists associated with Political Pop, a term used to describe the art created by a group of 1990s Chinese artists, whose style mixes 1960s American Pop with Cultural Revolution imagery. Mao Jia is a smaller Chinese artist, whose art specialises in ink and colour on silk.

While there were many great pieces at the exhibition, one that stood out in particular was The Wall by Sherman Lin. The Wall is a physical installation completely made of rice paper bricks, which is meant to represent the transfer of ideas and cultural values from one region to another. The wall itself symbolises an enclosed culture, and Lin encouraged audiences to “take away a brick” as a confrontation with isolation. According to Lin, “the less the bricks are, the wider the crack of liberty will be.”

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