at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
13 November 2015 - 10 April 2016
"On Curbstone Jewels and Cobblestones: Second part of an exhibition series with new acquisitions of contemporary Chinese and international art"
Curated by Renate Wiehager and Christian Ganzenberg
Curatorial advisor: Andreas Schmid
Featured artists: Leonor Antunes, Are You Meaning Company, Cao Fei, Chen Chieh-Jen, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Alicja Kwade, Liu Zheng, Ma Qiusha, Benedikt Partenheimer, Thomas Struth, Wang Sishun, Wu Hao, Yin Xiuzhen, Zhao Zhao, Zheng Guogu
Date: 13 November 2015 - 10 April 2016
Venue: Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Since 2013, the Daimler Art Collection has strengthened its international profile by adding to it a significant new aspect of global contemporary art – through the acquisition of more than 40 artworks by approximately 20 Chinese artists. In the course of 2015 and 2016 these newly acquired artworks will be shown in a number of exhibitions held in Berlin and Stuttgart.
At first the new Chinese acquisitions will be presented in an exhibition series at Daimler Contemporary in Berlin. Both shows will showcase the Chinese artists’ work in the context of the Daimler Art Collection. The exhibition will juxtapose and put the Chinese artists in dialogues with international artists, the show will expand through time and different cultures, and it aims to bring out peculiarities and parallels in the diverse artistic strategies. The first part of the exhibition "From a Poem to the Sunset" is devoted to conceptual approaches concerned both with the significance of artistic traditions and with the collision of divergent cultural, media and material worlds. Whereas the first part of the exhibition consists primarily of installations, conceptual artworks and videos, sculptural works and photography will be in the foreground of the second part of the exhibition "On Curbstone Jewels and Cobblestones". This exhibition with artworks by fifteen artists from seven nations outlines aspects of human living together in densely populated urban areas, and in the rapidly growing great cities of China in particular. As fictions, but also as concrete experiments in influencing the society of which they are a product, these artworks discuss the social and political consequences of urbanization. Once more, these works also remind us, just how much views of China have shifted over the past two decades.
About the artist - Liu Zheng