Vienna

Lei Xue

Galerie Hubert Winter

Should an artist who is faithful to a particular regional culture and its legacies and practices seek recognition by complying with the standards of the cultural hegemon? It used to be imperative to assimilate to New York or some other international center to avoid the fate of being merely a “national” or “regional” artist. That changed with the rise of multiculturalism and the replacement of the desire for modern assimilation by postmodern differentiation as a strategy for power sharing. But then, in a further twist, some regional artists began borrowing the master’s tools to throw up their own cozy extensions rather than knock down the big house; Lei Xue’s exhibition “Zwischen Ming und Coca-Cola” (Between Ming and Coca-Cola) is a case in point.

As the leveling effects of globalization continue unabated, Xue remains profoundly committed to the emancipation (indeed survival) of his Chinese

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