Arts of Chinese Ethnic Minorities in the 20th Century and the Political Structure of Modern China

Interlocutor: Lü Xinyu (Professor, Dean of School of Communication ECNU),

Wu Hongliang (Vice-president, Beijing Fine Art Academy; Director, Art Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy)

Host: Guo Weiqi (Associate Professor, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts; Academic Director, OCAT Institute)

Time 2018.04.28 14:00-16:00

Venue: OCAT Institute


The art movement of modern China could be traced back to the sketches of northwestern and southwestern frontiers in the 1930s-40s, followed by the nationalization of oil painting after the establishment of People’s Republic of China, the countryside realism since the Opening Up, down to the ethnic exoticism in the 1990s. Today with globalization, nation, religion and frontier again become important resources of discourse in artistic practice and action. All of the above not only shape art history, but also constitute important parts of contemporary China. In addition, lots of ethnic documentaries and video works mushroomed since the founding of the PRC. This process, like other forms of fine art, witnessed many important historical movements, each rooted in its own cultural and political circumstance. For this exhibition, we are honored to have Professor Lü Xinyu, Dean of the School of Communication, East China Normal University, and Wu Hongliang, Vice-president of Beijing Fine Art Academy and Director of Art Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy. They will illustrate the ethnic themed art practice and contemporary Chinese discourse construction, from the fine art and video points of view.