Hua Gallery, London’s only Chinese contemporary art gallery with a permanent exhibition space of its size and scale, opened Art for the Masses last night [Thursday, 7 June 2012]. This touring exhibition – curated in partnership with MOT/ARTS, a contemporary art gallery in Taipei – runs until 6 July 2012 at Hua Gallery in Battersea, London.
‘The works that are exhibiting in Art for the Masses spurred fervent discussion when it first opened in Taiwan,’ says Hua Gallery Founder and Director, Shanyan Koder. ‘It is an exciting exhibition that is premiering for the first time in London at Hua Gallery. The show features the works of several renowned Chinese artists, and includes unprecedented collaborative works with prominent designers and architects.’
Established in 2011, Hua Gallery represents and exhibits cutting edge, stimulating works by both established and emerging Chinese contemporary artists. The Art for the Masses exhibition features a collection of ‘Art Toys’ – presented as five individual figures – and two further pieces: ‘Jia Shan De Wu’ (or ‘Urban Arcadia’) and ‘ALIVE’.
‘Art Toys’ is a collaboration between internationally-recognised Chinese contemporary artist Yue Minjun and New York-based artist KAWS, along with Zhou Chunya, Zhou Tiehai, Liu Ye and Jin Nu. ‘Art Toys’ aims to integrate art, design, and fashion in one unprecedented and engaging collection.
‘Jia Shan De Wu’ (or ‘Urban Arcadia’) is the combined work of Zhan Wang, a world-renowned Chinese sculptor, and the Dutch MVRDV team, which has long been exploring the ideal urban landscape suitable for all mankind. This piece fuses contemporary art and avant-garde architecture.
‘ALIVE’ is an installation of dozens of figures portraying the different faces of a green dog – said to manifest both the restraint and the liberation of the libido – in a display case that demonstrates fluid lines and contours. It is the joint creation of Zhou Chunya, a Chinese contemporary artist, and Jaime Hayon, a Spanish designer. This c0llaboration between art and architecture is said to reveal the maturity of both artists and force viewers to reflect upon artworks with a genuine and honest attitude.
Art for the Masses is open to the public until 6 July 2012 at Hua Gallery, Unit 7B, G/F, Albion Riverside, 8 Hester Road, Battersea, London, SW11 4AX.
Opening times: Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 6:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am to 6:00pm.