Li Jia


    Curated by Bian Ka

    This second installment of the research-driven exhibition “Society Guidance” shifts its focus from the profound effects of China’s post-1978 social transformation on its artistic and intellectual elite to the emerging voices of ordinary people during the 1990s, purportedly the time of the rise and liberation of the individual. One example: The show will feature photographer Xu Yong, who extensively documented Beijing’s hutongs—the small, endangered alleyways found in historic parts of the city—and later launched a business providing hutong tours to foreign visitors, a practice

  • View of “Gu Dexin,” 2016–17.

    Gu Dexin

    The exhibition “Gu Dexin 1994-02-04” at Beijing’s Diplomatic Residence Compound excavated and assembled a more than twenty-year-old artwork by Gu Dexin, a radical, self-taught artist and founding member of Beijing’s New Measurement Group in 1988. An installation made of metal pipes, models of human body parts, and light fixtures, the work actually had never before been realized. When assembled, the apparatus condenses steam: Droplets of liquid drip from the pipes into a model of an open mouth placed on the floor. After thoroughly searching Gu’s archive for more information about this piece, the