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Duddell’s Presents Aftermath: Post-Sense Sensibility, Fifteen Years On Curated by Philip Tinari, Director, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing 12 May 2014 – September 2014

March 31, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Exactly one year after its opening during Art Basel 2013, Duddell’s presents its fifth exhibition to date, ‘Aftermath: Post-Sense Sensibility, Fifteen Years On’.

Philip Tinari, curator of The Aftermath: Post-Sense Sensibility, Fifteen Years On

Philip Tinari, curator of The Aftermath: Post-Sense Sensibility, Fifteen Years On

Curated by Philip Tinari, Director of Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, one of the largest contemporary art institutions in China, the show brings together recent work from a group of influential contemporary Chinese artists, all who emerged from the Post-Sense Sensibility movement that arose in reaction to the intensity of the urban and cultural milieu of China at the turn of the millennium — arguably the last underground avant-garde movement in China — and have since developed their own individual voices.

Post-Sense Sensibility was an artistic movement in the form of a series of exhibitions between 1999 and 2001 that brought together a group of young artists in Beijing who would go on to become some of the key voices of their generation. Curated by Qiu Zhijie, these shows were held in residential building basements, film studios, and other improvised and appropriated spaces, and were widely known for their use of extreme materials like animal corpses and even human body parts. Their central concern was perhaps carving out a site for art in a context that did not yet offer institutional or commercial opportunities to artists. Exactly fifteen years later, this group of artists, still in close dialogue with each other, have mostly gone on to successful solo practices. And yet the formative experience and ideals of these early exhibitions continue to impact their practices in multiple ways.

Aftermath: Post-Sense Sensibility, Fifteen Years On brings the group together again on the walls of Duddell’s fourth floor Salon. Recent works by many of the original participating artists will offer both a loose tribute to the movement and a reflection on its legacy in an art world that has since become formally mature, institutionally legitimate, and commercially prosperous. Although not presented with a singular thematic or stylistic thread, Aftermath will illustrate a wide range of styles and high level of refinement and accomplishment attained by this group. By offering a focused look at a transitional generation through the lens of a clearly defined movement, Aftermathaims to add another layer to the popular understanding of how contemporary art has evolved in China.

The exhibition is part of the Art Programme at Duddell’s, curated by the Art Committee, which is led by cultural leaders Yana Peel, William Zhao, Chrissy Sharp and co-founder Alan Lo. The Art Programme includes regular exhibitions, film screenings and discussions, with the goal of bringing thought-provoking contemporary art to the city. Past curators who have exhibited at Duddell’s include: Amelie von Wedel, MAP Office, Ai Weiwei, and Inti Guerrero.

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