A Fairy Tale in Red Times

3 May – 6 October 2019

WORKS FROM THE WHITE RABBIT COLLECTION AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA, MELBOURNE

A FAIRY TALE IN RED TIMES: Works from the White Rabbit Collection presents works by 26 Chinese artists, an exciting collaboration between the NGV and arts patron and philanthropist Judith Neilson on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the White Rabbit Gallery.

The NGV celebrates Judith Neilson’s visionary endeavour with this selection of works from artists based in mainland China and Taiwan.

A FAIRY TALE IN RED TIMES reveals the creative energy, technical virtuosity and conceptual richness of artists from two generations: the first post-Mao generation that enthralled Neilson in the early days of building the collection, and the exciting innovations and global reach of a younger generation for whom the Cultural Revolution is ancient history.

Neilson’s White Rabbit Collection is currently the largest private collection of contemporary Chinese art internationally, containing more than 2500 works by more than 700 artists, all produced since the year 2000. More than an art collection, it is a social document that reveals dramatic generational change in Chinese society, culture and contemporary art in the twenty-first century. Since 2009 exhibitions of works from the collection at White Rabbit Gallery have become an accessible point of first contact with contemporary art from China for Australian residents and international visitors alike. Admission is free.

A FAIRY TALE IN RED TIMES is drawn completely from Judith Neilson’s renowned White Rabbit Collection.

CURATOR: David Williams

PHOTO CREDITS: Tom Ross

Please click on the artists’ names below to discover more information about each artist and their work.

Cheng ran + Item Idem
Joss, 2013,
video, dimensions variable, 6 min 2 sec

zhu jinshi
Spring Festival is Coming, 2015, 
oil on canvas, 180 x 640 cm
The Ship of Time, 2018, 
rice paper, bamboo, cotton thread, dimensions variable, approximately 350 x 350 x 1200 cm

tianzhuo chen
Marble Painting 3 + 4, 2016, 
marble, each 180 x 135 cm

Yang Jiechang
Tale of the 11th Day, 2012-14, 
ink and mineral colours on silk,
225 x 142 cm x 14 panels

Zhang peili
Happiness, 2006, 
two channel video, 6 minutes

su meng-Hung
The Album of Immortal Blossoms in an Everlasting Spring by Giuseppe Castiglione, 2012, 
acrylic on canvas, 259 x 194 cm

Zhang dali
Square, 2014, 
resin, dimensions variable
(from a series of 10 figures)

Lin Chuan-Chu
Lunch Box, 2002, 
ink on rice paper, 207 x 190 cm

zhang xiaogang
Bath, 2018,
oil on canvas, 260 x 600 cm

wang ningde
Some Days Series, 2002–09, 
gelatin silver prints, dimensions variable

geng xue
The Poetry of Michelangelo, 2015, 
video, 19 minutes 9 seconds

shao yinong + muchen
Fairy Tales in Red Times, 2003–07, 
hand-dyed colour photographs,
160 x 120 cm x 6

sun hongbin
Fat Lady, 2012, 
oil on canvas, 25 x 18 cm

shi yong
A Bunch of Happy Fantasies, 2009, 
neon lights, acrylic stands, 500 x 500 cm

jiang pengyi
Trace Series, 2014, 
emulsion lift photographs, various sizes

sun xun
Divine Landscape of Jing Bang, 2013, 
ink, cast paper, cotton pulp, stainless steel, 226.5 x 150 cm x 6 panels

Yang Yongliang
Infinite Landscape, 2011, 
video, 7 minutes 30 seconds

QIU ZHIJIE
The Heritage of the Third World, 2013, 
ink on paper, 146 x 183 cm

shang yang
The Dong Qichang Project 38, 2011,
oil, acrylic, bitumen on canvas,
212 x 759 cm

liu Jianhua
Fallen Leaves, 2012–14, 
porcelain, 5,000 handcrafted porcelain leaves, dimensions variable

Lin Yen-Wei
Just Like the Way You Are 5, 2011, 
oil on canvas, 174 x 259 cm
Just Like the Way You Are 28, 2014, 
oil on canvas, 105 x 80 cm
Just Like the Way You Are 11, 2014, 
oil on canvas, 127 x 182 cm

Mao Tongqiang
Order, 2015, 
mirror finished stainless steel, 2000 bullets, 244.5 x 1836 x 5.5 cm

liu wei
Density 1–6, 2013, 
books, steel, wood, various dimensions

Zhao Zhao
Constellations, 2017, 
silk embroidery, 300 x 980 cm

Tang Nannan
Billenium Waves, 2015, 
video, 4 minutes 3 seconds

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