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Radical Chinese artists from the 1980s to the present come to the South Bank for this landmark exhibition of contemporary art.
Liang Shaoji, Chains: The Unbearable Lightness of Being/Nature Series No.79, 2003-7
© the artist. Photo: Linda Nylind
Art for Change is the first major exhibition dedicated to installation and performance art from China. Ranging from live silk worms to a thrashing hosepipe, the pieces on display are united in their exploration of volatility and transience – fundamental concepts in Eastern philosophy and aesthetics.
The exhibition focuses on how artists explore notions of transformation, from physical works in traditional media to performance pieces. Featured artists include Chen Zhen, Yingmei Duan, Gu Dexin and MadeIn Company.
What the critics say
I felt that this was the first exhibition of Chinese art I've seen in Britain that really allows it to speak for itself.
What makes this show exceptional is that it looks at the art hidden behind all that success; in some cases literally made, or shown, under the ground.
A show of recent work from China reveals how the best contemporary art moves beyond the particular to comment on universal experience
A show of performance art tackles modern China's contradictions
There's an undeniable energy and vitality to this art, and there is work here, particularly by the older artists, that genuinely takes you to another intellectual place.