With China’s increasing world dominance in the world of commerce – recently overtaking Japan to become the planet’s second most powerful economy – it’s only right that we celebrate their more artistic endeavours as well. Their rich heritage of dynasties, together with a thriving contemporary creative community, have led to Christie’s and Sotherby’s proclaiming China as the new darling of the art world – this pair of exhibitions looks certain to help cement that reputation.
The relationship between European audiences and Eastern art is at the forefront of these collections, concentrating on the photographic medium. Fine art photographers all living and working in China, including Jingyi Yang, Seppe Van Grieken, Boris Austin and Peikwen Cheng present a varied mix of people and landscapes, providing a rare insight into the human and pastoral side of a hitherto secular and secretive society.
Show 1: Tues 1st – Thurs 10th
Show 2: Fri 11th – Sun 20th
WORDS BY NICK COQUET