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What is the next step for the development of Chinese art? BBC video

Posted by artradar on October 14, 2009


In a BBC clip made for the 60th anniversary of Communism in China, one of our readers Dr Katie Hill of the University of Westminster in London, traces the development of the visual image in China from political propaganda posters of the fifties and sixties to the reactionary works of contemporary artists such as Xu Bing.

Mao propaganda posters

Today she says there are ‘thousands’ of people visiting the Ullens Center and 798 District in Beijing every day, encountering and studying art for the first time. She has no doubt that China will become a significant centre for art production in Asia and suggests that perhaps the next step will be the development of a deeper political consciousness of the need to support art.

This would make an interesting reversal of the early relationship between Communism and art. At the birth of Communism sixty years ago art was harnessed to support Communism.

See BBC video: Art and politics in China

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One Response to “What is the next step for the development of Chinese art? BBC video”

  1. Is it quite clear that China has set the pace for the growth of Asian Contemporary art and is critically important to the SouthEast Asian region as well, as it is still an undervalued market itself. More awareness is needed for China, India and Southeast asian contemporary in the support of artists and their art. Art has also become more political motivated in a region shaped by lack of freedom of speech and basic human rights.

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