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Sunflowers - Xu Jiang’s retrospective in Germany

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As an integral part of the Chinese Year of Culture in Germany, Xu Jiang is showing his retrospective exhibition in the Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau in Dresden. This exhibition is developed jointly by Dresden State Art collection, the National Museum of China and the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.

Over 150 works are displayed and sunflowers, those plants which adjust themselves towards the sun, form the central subject of the exhibition. In the eyes of the artist, they have become symbolic of an entire generation, the generation that grew up after the great wars of the 20th Century and the Cultural Revolution.

Xu Jiang’s sunflower generation has been shaped by the task of coming in terms with the country’s historical upheaval, by the disengagement from the past and by the necessity of finding new orientation. Through this exhibition , the artist fosters a dialogue about how to redefine artistic positions in the wake of historical events.

Xu Jiang is principal and professor at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and born 1955 in Fujian. He deals in great depth with the cultural context in which he creates his works. His painting is regarded as an opposition to contemporary visual and consumer culture.

Daniel Brostrom