Art of Change: New Directions from China

Radical Chinese artists from the 1980s to the present come to the South Bank for this landmark exhibition of contemporary art.

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.

Venue details

Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX 020 7960 4200

Entry details

£5 with National Art Pass (standard entry £10)

Closed until 2017

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

  • Rachel Spence
  • FT


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.