BENTU Chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation

Past exhibition - 27 January – 2 May 2016

© Hu Xiangqian, The Woman in Front of the Camera, 2015. Courtesy de l'artiste et Long March Space.
BENTU Chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation

© Hu Xiangqian, The Woman in Front of the Camera, 2015. Courtesy de l'artiste et Long March Space.

This exhibition will present a limited selection of twelve very di erent artists, twelve strong individualities. They share not only the ability to live and work in what is a particularly fast-moving world of “turbulence and transformation,” but also a tendency to use multiple means of expression, combining tools supplied by local traditions with the latest sophisticated technologies.Responding with striking swi ness, their work mirrors the new realities of today’s China, as manifested in the economy, the environment, cities and international relations, showing a strong awareness of the changing relations between town and country a er the great rural exodus.


The term chosen for the exhibition title, bentu, meaning native soil, is at the heart of their concerns and of the ideas being explored by contemporary Chinese critics and researchers (see the text by the two curators in the catalogue). In this specific context, bentu evokes the way in which artists have discovered and found their place in countries around the world, the better to return to their “homeland” with a strengthened sense of self.


The video by Hu Xiangqian introducing the exhibition is resonant: graceful and carefree, a woman dances alone in a park, supremely unperturbed by the indi erence of the crowd as she affirmsherself as an individual.


Most of the artists in this show belong to the thirty-something generation. The age di erences (from 28 to 51) are in themselves significant in a country remarkable for the fascinatingly fast rotation of generations and their successive tendencies. The bulk of the works shown in the special hanging of the Fondation Collection are by artists from the earlier generation.


That said, there are four artists - Cao Fei, Yang Fudong, Tao Hui, Xu Zhen - who appear in both shows, even if the works in question are o en highly diverse.

the artists

Cao Fei, Yang Fudong, Hao Liang, Hu Xiangqian, Liu Chuang, Liu Shiyuan, Liu Wei, Liu Xiadong, Qiu Zhijie, Tao Hui, Xu Qu, Xu Zhen.

the curators

Head curator: Suzanne Pagé

Curators: Laurence Bossé, Philip Tinari et Claire Staebler

Architect: Cécile Degos

The essential

27 January – 2 May 2016

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Liu Wei, Liberation No 16, 2014. Vue d'installation à la Fondation Louis Vuitton © Liu Wei. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Xu Qu, Currency Wars, 2015. Vue de l'installation à la Fondation Louis Vuitton © Xu Qu pour l'oeuvre de l'artiste. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Liu Shiyuan, From Happiness to Whatever, 2015. Vue d'installation à la Fondation Louis Vuitton © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

Qiu Zhijie, Map of the Third World, 2015 © Qiu Zhijie - Courtesy de l'artiste

© Xu Zhen, Physique of Consciousness, 2011, vidéo, vue d'installation à la Fondation Louis Vuitton © Xu Zhen et MadeIn Company. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

Exhibition's catalog

Newspaper No3

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Short film of presentation of the exhibition

Interview of Philip Tinari, curator of exhibition

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Interview of Cao fei

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Interview of Liu Wei

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Interview of Xu Qu

His life in China and influences in his work

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Discover the work of the artist in his workshop