The Future is now! China‘s Art Avant-Garde

In China, “the” land of globalization and gold-rush spirit, art likewise follows the Circe-song of international capital. Just like the skyscrapers of Shanghai, the prices for Chinese art are skyrocketing to new heights. By now, Chinese artists are being exhibited all over the world, including at important museums in Paris, and are being feted at leading international art events such as the Venice Biennale and Kassel Documenta. In the four part series, we reveal the background and underlying stories behind the extraordinary work of the leading Chinese Shooting Stars – all of whom are representatives of a generation in upheaval and change.


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  • The Future is now! China‘s Art Avant-Garde

    Modern China is currently experiencing an incomparable economic and cultural upheaval. And nowhere else are the blessings and banes of globalization reflected more impressively than within the work of the Chinese avantgarde artist. In China, “the” land of globalization and gold-rush spirit, art likewise follows the Circe-song of international capital. Just like the skyscrapers of Shanghai, the prices for Chinese art are skyrocketing to new heights. The latest piece by the painter Liu Xiaodong, for example, recently went for the price of 2.6 million dollars. By now, Chinese artists are being exhibited all over the world,
    including at important museums in Paris, and are being feted at leading international art events such as the Venice Biennale and Kassel Documenta. In a four part series, we reveal the background and underlying stories behind the extraordinary work of the leading Chinese Shooting Stars – all of whom are representatives of a generation in upheaval and change.

    Our series starts with the currently most expensive painter of modern China: Liu Xiaodong. We accompany him throughout the creation of his latest monumental painting – on location, where and as it happens. Liu Xiaodong paints people on-site and not in an atelier – and this time, he‘s working 3,000 meters above sea level, in the endless landscapes of Tibet!

    The current darling of the Western art world is Yang Fudong, and we meet him amidst his gigantic, poetic film installation „Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest“ at the most important art event of the world: The Venice Biennale.

    The female artist Cao Fei is likewise present in Venice, represented by her Cyber Space Pavilion. Her work also moves to the technological pulse of the times: her most recent piece there is entitled „Second Life Game“ and spreads itself throughout the corporal environment of the Biennale over the Internet.

    The series ends with the 26-year-old rebel, the shooting star Chi Peng, dressed as the mythological monkey king on an entertaining voyage entitled „Journey to the West“.

    Directors: Ilka Franzmann and Marco Wilms
    Author: Marco Wilms
    Camera: Lutz Reitemeier and Marcus Winterbauer
    Editor: Christian Fibikar and Trevor Hall
    Sound: Maximilian Preiss
    Line Producer: Maria Wischnewski and Juli Schrader
    Producer: Christian Beetz
    Commissioning Editor: Martin Pieper, ZDF/arte

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    • China‘s Art Avant-Garde - Yang Fudong

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      08 August 2011 at 12:05 pm

    • China‘s Art Avant-Garde - Yang Fudong

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      13 August 2011 at 2:00 pm

    • China‘s Art Avant-Garde - Liu Xiaodong

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      21 August 2011 at 11:25 pm

    • China‘s Art Avant-Garde - Cao Fei

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      28 August 2011 at 11:10 pm

    • China‘s Art Avant-Garde - Cao Fei

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      03 September 2011 at 2:00 pm