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SSSSTART Research Center will present the seventh exhibition of Genealogy Study of Artists “Pu Yingwei: Obscure Adventure — Speculative Pop & Pan-Chinesism” on 2021 March 20th.
The exhibition “Obscure Adventure — Speculative Pop & Pan-Chinesism” can be understood as either a painting thesis or a visual manifesto of artist Pu Yingwei. Pu selected 9 works from the historical collection of contemporary art of Start Museum and created a series of new paintings corresponding to each of them. As a young artist, Pu attempts to make a local response to the historical context of Chinese contemporary art in Start Museum Collection. The artist revisits and reorganizes the referential relationships in the works of early Chinese contemporary artists from his personal perspective, which makes it possible for these symbols and images that have been regarded as visual classics to have a new relationship with the present.
This exhibition includes 12 works from Pu Yingwei. In addition to presenting Pu’s recent painting Empire Font Series, he uses a variety of painting techniques (which also responds to his art background) to create unique visual expressions for each painting. Meanwhile, the exhibition will also present some of the original works from Start Museum Collection involved in the concept of this project, including Li Shan’s “The Seventh Day of Every Week No.67”, Liu Xiaodong’s “Broccoli and Mushroom”, Mao Xuhui’s “Glossary of Power” Series, Wang Guangyi’s “Quick-Drying Industrial Paint No.3”, and Wu Shanzhuan’s “32 Wrongly-Written Characters: 3/3”.
Pu Yingwei, (b.1989), Lives and works in Beijing, China. received his BFA from Sichuan Fine art Institute, DNSEP (MFA with Félicitation du jury) from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. Pu Yingwei’s work has been defined as an exercise in conceptual art with a strong utopian zeal. He is the artist who interprets the multiple media and identity narratives that he practices in the public sphere as a comprehensive mobilization. Taking personal history as an absolute starting point, with the exhibition, writing, design, lecturing, teaching, and other forms of work, he attempts to produce a kind of “meta-politics” that transcends grand topics such as race, nation, and ethics. Such politics is as complex and full of paradoxes as the reality we experience.
Recent solo exhibitions/projects: Obscure Adventure – Speculative Pop & Pan-Chinesism, SSSSTART, Shanghai (2021 upcoming); Photoethic: CHINAFRICA, Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, (2020); Time, History, Why We Fight, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2020); Pu Yingwei 1989, Organhaus, Chongqing (2019); Double Empire, Nouvel Institut Franco-Chinois, Lyon (2018); If only it were true, Galerie Sator, Paris (2018); Pu Yingwei and Jim Thompson Architects, J：GALLERY, Shanghai (2017); Roman Nomade, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2017); Recent group exhibitions: 13th Shanghai Biennale: Bodies of Water, Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2021 upcoming); An Archive Seven Trails, Taikang Space, Beijing (2020); Those who see and know all, are all and can do all, 798 Art Center, Beijing (2020); Gold en Flow, CHAO Art Center, Beijing (2020); Being of Evils, Hive Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2020); Dance With It, Taikang Space, Beijing (2018); The Comfort Zone At A Distance, Taikang Space-Light Pavilion, Beijing (2018); Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics, OCAT Shanghai/OCAT Institute, Shanghai/Beijing (2017-2018); Fiction Art, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2018); I Do (not) Want To Be Part Of Your Celebration, Qiao Space & TANK Shanghai Project Space, Shanghai (2017); Reciprocal Enlightenment, CAFA, Beijing (2017). Recently curated exhibitions: Sino-Wharf from Chinatown to Red Internationalism, OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzhen (2018); He won the John Moores Painting Prize (2012)，His article “Empire’s Legacy：On “Pacing: A Journey of 70 years” and its silences” won the second prize of the IAAC ( International Awards for Art Criticism) prize (2019)，He has been shortlisted for HuaYu Youth Award (2018)，“JIMEI·ARLES Discovery Reward” (2020) and the Gen.T Asian Emerging Pioneers list (2020)，His film “Interview” has been shortlisted for Caen Si Cinéma Festival (2018).
In the recent practice, Pu Yingwei temporarily left the erratic identity initiated in the France study periods and turned to the new working background with the split of ideological camp and the return of imperialism. He has extensively studied and continued the visual heritage of socialist realism art and avant-garde art in the 20th century, also he has drawn nutrition from the visual culture of revolutionary art and ideological propaganda, thus forming the unique language system and historical perspective.