THEN

11 September 2019 – 26 January 2020

THEN. The first ten years of the White Rabbit

THEN celebrates the great adventure of White Rabbit’s first decade: ten exciting years of showcasing the creative energy, daring and technical accomplishment of Chinese contemporary art. The gallery’s tenth anniversary exhibition presents works by more than 60 artists, all produced during the first ten years of Judith Neilson’s private collection (2000-2010). Some were highlights of the very first White Rabbit exhibition, in 2009.

Sweeping social change at the end of the 20th century meant that Chinese artists at the start of the 21st century found themselves in a world that had been utterly transformed. The responded by embracing new influences from overseas and from within China. Re-examining and reinventing Chinese art traditions, playfully fusing them with the best of international contemporaneity, they created an eclectic mash-up of past and present, and east and west.

Their provocative work celebrated – and satirised – a society in flux. A fire-engine red, pig-like care with an 11-metre protruding tongue; a giant pair of pink, neon-lit underpants with a soundtrack of Shanghai love songs; a dusty minivan that ‘breaths’; an installation of 1500 knitted strawberries – the sheer inventiveness of artists revelling in new-found freedoms challenged cliched perceptions of China. From embroidered portraits of grinning world leaders to American and Chinese flags made of corporate logos, the artists in THEN examine the paradoxes of a nation on fast forward.

The first decade of the ‘Chinese century’ was the moment that Chinese contemporary art exploded into the international arena. THEN tells the story of White Rabbit’s first, boldly adventurous decade – a journey into the unknown that parallels the ambition and audacity of contemporary Chinese art.

THEN is drawn completely from Judith Neilson’s renowned White Rabbit Collection.
CURATOR: David Williams

GROUND FLOOR

CHEN WENLING
Valiant Struggle 11, 2006,
bronze, stainless steel, fibreglass, gold leaf, sound speakers, vehicle duco,
550 x 160 x 160 cm
Red Memory-Smile, 2007,
bronze, vehicle duco,
290 x 120 x 200 cm
Red Memory-Asking God, 2000
bronze, vehicle duco,
77 x 33 x 27 cm

FIRST FLOOR

BU HUA
Beauty 3, 2008,
pigmented inkjet print,
100 x 100 cm

CHEN FEI
Beyond Satisfaction 2006 1, 2006,
oil on canvas, 280 x 220 cm
Beyond Satisfaction 2005 3, 2005
oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm

CHEN WENBO
Exit 3, 2007,
oil on canvas, 150 x 200 cm
Exit 4, 2007,
oil on canvas, 200 x 150 cm

DANIEL LEE
Nightlife, 2001,
inkjet print on vinyl, 207 x 531 cm

FENG CHEN
Tofu, 2007, video, 7 min 49 sec

GAO XIAOWU
City Dreams 1 and City Dreams 2, 2006, fibreglass, stainless steel; 142 x 85 x 125 cm; 125 x 88 x 155 cm

HE JIA
Apple in Love, 2006,
acrylic on canvas, 200 x 320 cm
Happy Balloon Men, 2007,
stainless steel, 2 pieces, dimensions variable

JIAO XINGTAO
Green Diary, 2007, fibreglass,
110 x 110 x 110 cm
Happily Forgotten, 2007, fibreglass,
100 x 230 x 80 cm

JIN SHI
Mini Home, 2005, mixed media installation, 140 x 120 x 195 cm

JIN NV
Exuviate 2 – Where Have All the Children Gone?, 2005,
starched silk and cotton fabric, thread, fishing line, dimensions variable

LI LINYING
Opulent Banquet, 2000-08,
wool, dimensions variable

LI SHAN
Recombinant, 2002-06
photographs on light boxes,
60 x 80 cm x 9 pieces

LI ZHANYANG
Traffic Accident, 2001,
bronze, paint, 69 x 139 x 73.5 cm

MEIYA LIN
The Times Are Summoning, 2007,
video, 2 min 28 sec

PEI JING
Monroe, The East is Red, 2006
silk screen print on paper, 45.9 x 68.6 cm

QI ZHILONG
China Girl, 2001, oil on canvas,
162 x 80 cm

QIN FENGLING
Scaffold 08.8, 2008, acrylic on canvas, wood sticks, 200 x 250 cm

SHEN LIANG
This is a Book, 2007, oil on canvas,
each 80 x 100 cm;
comic books, each 8 x 10 cm

SHEN SHAOMIN
Laboratory – Three-Headed, Six-Armed Superman, 2005,
bones, bone meal, glue, glasss, dimensions variable

SONG YONGPING
My Parents, 1997-2001,
gelatine silver prints,
112 x 74 cm x 8 pieces

TANG MAOHONG
Orchid Finger, 2005, 23-colour serigraph, 45 x 45 cm x 12 pieces

XU BING
Square Word Calligraphy Sign – Men ⋅ Nursery ⋅ Woman, 2003,
silkscreen print, 150 x 100 cm x 3 pieces

ZHANG DALI
Chinese Offspring, 2005
FRP, automotive paint, acrylic paint,
20 pieces life size

ZHANG HAI’ER
Lune Violette in Victoria’s Secret Lingerie, Guangzhou, 2004
Lee Lyna, Royal Court Hotel, Beijing, 2006
Qiao Mei, Guangzhou, 2005
Lune Violette, Guangzhou, 2006
Emily at Xiangxiang’s Place, Dongguan, 2005
Chily, Golden Bridge Hotel, Guangzhou, 2005
Chily, Golden Bridge Hotel, Guangzhou
Zhao Ming, Guangzhou, 1995,
1995-2006, chromogenic colour prints, each 100 x 67 cm

SECOND FLOOR

BINGYI
Six Accounts of a Floating Life, 2008,
oil on canvas, 5 panels,
total 160 x 900 cm

CHANG XUGONG
Embroidered Portrait Series: President George W. Bush + Embroidered Portrait Series: Premiere Wen Jiabao, 2005, embroidery on fabric, both 100 x 80 cm

CHEN WEI
Phlegm, Tunnel, A Rat’s Post Office, 2007-08, chromatic colour print,
each 150 x 150 cm

CHEN YANYIN
1949 – The Young Piomneers of Communist China, 2010
bronze, paint, dimensions approx 150 x 40 x 30 cm x 15 pieces

DIA HUA
I Love Beijing Tiananmen, 2006,
inkjet print, 100 x 635 cm

DU XIA
Moustache (Stubble) 1, 2008,
Moustache (Stubble) 2, 2008,
oil on canvas, both 210 x 180 cm

FENG YAN
Black Car, Red Carpet, 2006
Tyre and Red Carpet, 2006
Car Door, 2006,
chromogenic colour prints,
each 87.3 x 130 cm

HAN LEI
Pan Jinlian Who Performs as a Rabbit Girl, 2008,
triptych chromogenic colour print,
180 x 216 cm
Three Standing Nude Women 1,
Three Standing Nude Women 2, 2007, chromogenic colour prints,
both 180 x 141 cm

HE YUNGCHANG
One Metre of Democracy, 2010,
6 x photographs 32 x 46 cm,
video 12 min 15 sec

HUANG YAN
Brother and Sister 1,
Brother and Sister 2, 2006,
chromogenic colour prints,
both 120 x 100 cm

SHU YONG
National Anthem 1, 2009,
National Anthem 2, 2009,
inkjet prints, both 90 x 160 cm

WANG YUYANG
Breathe – Manager Zhao’s Black Cab, 2008, silicon, steel, fan,
170 x 300 x 120 cm

WU JUNYONG
Death of the Hammer, Karl Marx’s Worries, Sisyphus, Square, 2008,
oil on canvas, each 40 x 40 cm

ZHOU XIAOHU
Even in Fear, 2008,
balloon, pump, dimensions variable
The Temporary Sculpture, 2008,
video, 5 min 45 sec

ZHU FADONG
Celebrity 48, 2008
ink on parchment, 100 x 80 cm

ZHU JINSHI
Diary 25.12.06, 2006
oil paint, canvas, shovel, palette, chair, easel, paper, ink, 200 x 250 cm

ZHU YIQING, XUE YONGJUN
Made in China – American Flag 2,
Made in China – Chinese Flag 2, 2008,
oil on canvas, both 134 x 186 cm

ZONG NING
Dead Bird, Insane Desire, Slum Jie, 2008, hand manipulated inkjet print on Hahnemuehle paper mounters on rice paper, each 114 x 91 cm

THIRD FLOOR

XU ZHEN®
Calm, 2009,
water bed, carpet, bricks,
15 x 500 x 25 cm
You’re Going to Heaven Tomorrow, 2009, iron, 120 x 57 x 0.8cm
Dah… Dah… Dah… Dah…,2009,
iron, 120 x 57 x 0.8cm

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