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The China/Avant-garde exhibition 30 years on


Thirty years on, what is the significance of the China/Avant-Garde exhibition which opened at the China National Art Gallery (National Art Museum of China), Beijing on 5 February 1989?

Since the forced closure of the exhibition, after Xiao Lu fired a gun at her installation Dialogue and a subsequent ‘bomb threat’, no comparable exhibitions of Chinese experimental art have been held at China’s premier art gallery.

What impact did the exhibition have on artists, the art scene in China generally, and the writing of art history within China and beyond?

This day-long international workshop, coinciding with the exhibition Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue 肖鲁:语嘿 , brings together a diverse group of speakers, including participating artists and individuals who viewed the exhibition, as well as art historians and informed commentators, to reflect on the exhibition and its legacy and the work of Xiao Lu during the period from 1989 to 2019.

Xiao Lu: Impossible Dialogue is produced and presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. This exhibition and associated programming are supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-China Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship project led by Dr Claire Roberts Reconfiguring the World: China. Art. Agency. 1900s to Now, and the Faculty of Arts, School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne.



Friday 1 February 2019 from 10am to 5pm


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