A Fairy Tale in Red Times: The White Rabbit Collection at the NGV

A Fairy Tale in Red Times: Works from the White Rabbit Collection is the first dedicated museum exhibition showcasing works from Judith Neilson’s White Rabbit Collection.

Major works never before seen in Australia include Zhu Jinshi’s large scale immersive installation The Ship of Time (2018) made from 14,000 sheets of xuan paper, 1800 pieces of fine bamboo and 2000 cotton threads; Mao Tongqiang’s Order (2015), a stainless-steel installation shot repeatedly with bullets; and Yang Jiechang’s expansive 14 paneled ink on silk work titled Tale of the 11th Day (2012 – 14). The exhibition will also debut the collection’s newest acquisition, a large-scale oil painting titled Bathtub (2017) by acclaimed artist Zhang Xiaogang and Constellations (2017), a three-metre silk embroidery depicting bullet holes in glass by artist Zhao Zhao. Other key works include Shi Yong’s acclaimed installation, A Bunch of Happy Fantasies (2009), made of inverted Chinese characters in the form of neon lights and Fairy Tales in Red Times (2003-07), a series of large scale and vividly coloured photographs which gives the exhibition its title, by husband and wife artists Shao Yinong and Muchen.

A Fairy Tale in Red Times reveals the creative energy, technical virtuosity and conceptual richness of artists based in mainland China and Taiwan 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.

NGV | 3 May – 19 Oct 2019 | FREE

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