JJ XI AND CAI YUAN AT UCCA FROM 26 APRIL TO JUNE 2013Cai Yuan and JJ Xi06 Apr,2013|INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

Exhibition dates: 26/04/2013−16/06/2013

 

Cai Yuan and Jian Jun Xi, Two Artists Piss on Duchamp’s Urinal, 2000, Tate Modern, London

 

Meaning “box in a suitcase,” Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte-en-valise is a collection of many of the artist’s best works, gathered and displayed as miniature reproductions. A champion of the Dadaist and Surrealist movements and arguably the most important artist of the 20th century, this will be the first time Duchamp’s work has ever been shown in China. In this very exciting exhibition, the Boîte-en-valise will be displayed alongside the work of Chinese artists, who were influenced by Duchamp without ever seeing his actual creations. This juxtaposition between a European master and local artists will create a unique opportunity to observe the evolution of the Chinese art world. (To be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue.)

Born in China in 1956 and 1962 respectively, Cai Yuan and Jian Jun Xi have been living and working in the United Kingdom since the 1980s. Cai Yuan trained in oil painting at Nanjing College of Art, Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art. Jianjun Xi trained at the Central Academy of Applied Arts in Beijing and later at Goldsmiths College. They started working as a performance duo in the late nineties with their action Two Artists Jump on Tracey Emin’s Bed (1999) at Tate Britain’s Turner Prize Exhibition.

“马塞尔•杜尚:《手提箱里的盒子》与相关作品”汇集了杜尚最经典的微 型复制品,“Boîte-en-valise”的意思即是“手提箱里的盒子”。作为 20世纪达达主义和超现实主义运动中最重要的艺术家,此次展览将是杜尚作品在中国的首次亮相。在这个令人期待的展览中,《手提箱里的盒子》将与中国艺术家 的作品一起展出,其中有人从未见过杜尚作品实物却深受他的影响。藉此机会将欧洲艺术大师与中国艺术家并置,正提供了一个观察、研究中国艺术发展的绝好机 会。

Exhibition curated by Francis Naumann and John Tancock.

About Cai Yuan and Jian Jun Xi, Two Artists Piss on Duchamp’s Urinal, 2000, Tate Modern, London:

‘This intervention took place on Duchamp’s iconic work Fountain in Tate Modern, the urinal which revolutionized the concept of modern art in the twentieth century. The artists employed the concept of Qigong, channelling the internal energy after storing it for a few hours before releasing their Qi (spirit). They intended to broaden the context of the urinal, with the suggestive act of pissing on it to celebrate the spirit of contemporary art. Subsequently the performance was made into a film commissioned by Dazed & Confused/FilmFour.’ In fact, the artists could only piss on the vitrine in which the Fountain was fetishistically contained and protected in its vaulted status of high art.”


For more info, please visit: www.ucca.org.cn/exhibition/duchamp/