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Song Dong, Father and Son in the Former Ancestral Temple, 1998, three-channel video, color, sound; 6 minutes, 11 minutes, 4 minutes 50 seconds. Installation view. From “An Exhibition About Exhibitions.” Photo: Zhang Ying.

“An Exhibition About Exhibitions”

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Song Dong, Father and Son in the Former Ancestral Temple, 1998, three-channel video, color, sound; 6 minutes, 11 minutes, 4 minutes 50 seconds. Installation view. From “An Exhibition About Exhibitions.” Photo: Zhang Ying.

With “An Exhibition about Exhibitions: Displaying Contemporary Art in the 1990s,” curator Wu Hung—OCAT Institute’s executive director—revisits twelve experimental exhibitions organized in China during the ’90s. This marks the first time these formerly underground and marginalized shows have been brought into an official art institution, and is the latest link in a chain of research projects, exhibitions, and publications initiated by Wu and the institute to address the art history of a decade when artists longed to inspire social interaction through public exhibitions, but also hoped to retain their experimental edge. The result is distinctly original. The first part of the show consists of documentary materials, while the second, titled “Canceled: An Exhibition about an Exhibition,” addresses the circumstances surrounding the 1998 show “It’s Me,” curated by Leng Lin

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