Oct 17, 2012
中國當代藝術展-【中產階級拘謹的魅力-當代華人觀點】
Discreet Charm of The Bourgeoisie- Contemporary Visions on China

易雅居每年度主辦的精采展覽,今年邁入第三年,此次再度由策展專家曾文泉( Rudy Tseng )規劃的年度展覽(註 1 ),配合台北藝博會的展期,於11月9 日隆重開幕。除了易雅居當代空間館為Part 1展出部分作品,展覽也延伸至另一個新空間-藝典藏藝術品倉儲為Part 2-位於內湖的獨棟大樓。六層高的大樓裡,將有三層作為今年展覽的空間。本次展覽的主題為中國當代藝術,特別邀請長期居住在上海,普通話說得相當流利的義籍策展人樂大豆( Davide Quadrio ) 籌畫此次大型展覽,以及 李晏禎 ( Jenny Lee ) 擔任助理策展人。團隊確立後,經過多次討論,主題正式定調為《中產階級拘謹的魅力-當代華人觀點 》( Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – Contemporary Visions on China )。
主題的靈感來自西班牙導演路易斯布紐爾的電影中產階級拘謹的魅力的同名電影。布紐爾與達利合作的“安達魯之犬”是超寫實主義的經典作品且深刻地影響拉丁語系國家後來的影片(如西班牙的阿莫多瓦)。中產階級 ( Middle class )意指現代社會中經濟獨立的高薪受薪族或小企業老闆,有時被稱為“夾心階級”,不如上層社會能享有財富,也不像低收入者享有社會福利與保障,在馬克斯主義裡,將這個階層稱為“小資產階級”。此次展覽從不同角度出發,探討中產階級。我們特別邀請台灣、香港以及新加坡兩岸四地的藝術家一同參與,從不同城市的藝術家眼中,來觀看大中華地區不同城市藝術家對“中產階級”的想法。透過他們的創作,解析時下當代藝術提出的新語彙。兩個空間,接近 1,000坪的展場,將會有近 18位藝術家,以及超過 100件的作品,圍繞在這個主題裡面。
布紐爾說過:“離題,是我說故事的方法,這像西班牙的流浪漢小說”(註2)。電影開場,一群人赴宴,發現記錯時間,臨時改去餐廳,用餐中發現簾幕後方有人哭泣,原來是老闆死了躺在裡面,這一連串偏離主題的敘事手法,串聯成西班牙式的流浪漢小說-這是一種在中古世紀,流行於西班牙地區的通俗文體-在社會動盪下,一群流浪漢,在旅行中,透過不同的伎倆,騙吃騙喝努力求生存的故事。在中國社會,魯迅筆下的“阿Q正傳”恰好跟流浪漢小說互相呼應。

邀展的藝術家包括以“竹林七賢“錄像作品,參加第 12 屆德國文件大展的楊福東;今年上海雙年展的總策展人,參加過許多歐美國際展覽如威尼斯雙年展的邱志傑;上屆光州雙年展裡,以“空間繪畫”作品讓人驚艷的張恩利;有“中國錄像之父”稱謂,八五新潮活躍藝術家的張培力;以錄像與照片創作,體現對標準的社會行為概念的挑戰的楊振中;以黏土動畫,進而錄像裝置聞名國際藝術舞台的周嘯虎;去年同時在紐約兩個重要美術館(新美術館及 MoMA ) 展出,明年將代表香港參加威尼斯雙年展的李傑;在卡地 亞基金會,龐畢度中心,去年橫濱三年展的台灣藝術家蔡佳葳;以中國瓷器材料為媒材,近期在民生畫廊以及尤倫斯基金會的展覽讓人矚目的劉建華;近期崛起的年輕中國當代藝術家,楊福東曾在尤倫斯基金會策展的兩位藝術家之一的蔣鵬奕;今年光州雙年展年輕錄像藝術家李然;以一整年時間記錄灰塵的年輕攝影藝術家李俊;活躍於歐洲不同的雙年展,來自新加坡,曾代表新加坡參加威尼斯雙年展的 張奕滿;現居住紐約,作品在泰德美術館展覽,布魯克林美術館,瑞士藝術中心等重量級藝術殿堂 Julika Ridelius以一系列在中國拍製的錄像作品顯現她眼中的中產階級;義大利藝術家 Francesco Simeti 結合中國與歐洲圖案所創作的壁紙,奢華卻拘謹;剛在上海民生現代美術館舉辦個展的耿建翌;歐美邀展不斷,活躍於國際城市美術館與藝術空間的藝術團體“沒頂”,以及參加深圳雕刻雙年展,以及西班牙蘇菲亞皇后美術館中國錄像聯展的年輕錄像裝置藝術家陳軸。
這是個極大型,具有野心的展覽,網羅中壯輩目前活躍國際藝壇的藝術家與極具潛力與未來性的年輕藝術家,個個精挑細選。在兩個場地中,易雅居當代空間的經典,極簡奢華裡,密藏許多中產階級味道十足的作品,散發著拘謹的魅力;而藝典藏的空白新空間,更大膽的以雙年展的規格,打造出三層大空間不同的裝置作品,猶如步入另一個不同的藝術空間。兩個場地開幕時間都在11 月 9 日的同一天,下午三點到八點,在市區的易雅居;而藝典藏的開幕,則是下午八點到晚上十點半。開幕當天將會有藝術家李傑、張恩利、張培力、陳軸、楊振中、劉建華以及蔡佳葳等蒞臨展覽現場。

This year sees the third consecutive year of the fascinating annual exhibition hosted by Yi&C, and is again organized by collector Rudy Tseng 1. The opening of this exhibition will be held on November 9th in coordination with the schedule of Art Taipei 2012. Besides Part 1 of the exhibition in Yi&C Contemporary Art, the second part of the exhibition will be extended to a new space—Artrans Fine Art Storage, an individual stand alone building in Neihu where three out of six-story building where a portion of the art works will be exhibited. The theme of this exhibition is Chinese contemporary art. Italian curator Davide Quadrio, a long-term inhabitant of Shanghai who speaks fluent Mandarin, is invited to curate this grand-scale exhibition, along with Jenny Lee as the assistant curator. After many curatorial discussions had been exchanged, the title of this exhibition was established – “Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – Contemporary Visions on China.”
The title is inspired from Spanish director Luis Buñuel’s movie of the same title, Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. Buñuel collaborated with Salvador Dali in producing Un Chien Andalou, a classic film of surrealism, which deeply influenced Latino films directors such as Pedro Almodóvar Caballero in Spain. Middle class means the economically independent white collars or owners of small enterprises in modern society, and they are sometimes called “the squeezed middle”; they do not enjoy a wealthy life like the upper class, nor do they benefit from the social welfare as much as people of low income. Such a class is described in Marxism as the “petit bourgeoisie.” This exhibition discusses the middle class from different perspectives. We have invited artists from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China and Singapore to participate in this exhibition and we look forward to seeing the different aspects of the middle class through the eyes of artists from different cities in the greater China area. Through their works, the new language proposed by contemporary art shall be further deciphered. Between the two spaces, there will be an exhibition of nearly 3300 square meters, where 18 artists and a body of 122 works will be presented around the theme.
Buñuel claims, “Digression is my way of telling a story, a little like the Spanish picaresque novel.” In the beginning of the film, a group of people arrived at a party only to find that it is the wrong date. They then decide to go to a restaurant instead, where, during the meal, someone heard weeping sound behind the curtains. It turns out that the owner has died and his body lies there thus. It is of such a series of narratives so removed from the subject that the Spanish picaresque novel is composed—in the middle ages, it was a folk genre very popular in the Spanish area—amidst the turmoil of society, these are stories of a bunch of vagabonds struggle to make a living on-the-road through trickery and knickknacks. In the Chinese society, Lu Xun’s The True Story of Ah Q is a perfect counterpart of picaresque novels.
The invited artists include Yang Fudong, whose video work Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest participated in the 12th Documenta; Qiu Zhijie, the curator-in-chief of the 2012 Shanghai Biennial who has participated in such international exhibitions such as Venice Biennial; Zhang Enli, whose work Space Painting wowed the last Gwangju Biennale; Zhang Peili, the “Father of Chinese video art”, is an active member among the 85 New Wave; Yang Zhenzhong, whose challenges against the standard concepts of social behavior were embodied in his video and photographic works; Zhou Xiaohu, the artist renowned in international art scene for his clay animation films and video installation works; Lee Kit, whose works were exhibited in both The New Museum and MoMA, New York last year and will be representing Hong Kong in Venice Biennial next year; Tsai Charwei, the Taiwanese artist whose works were presented in the Foundation Cartier, Pompidou Center, and Yokohama Triennial 2011; Liu Jianhua, who uses Chinese porcelain material as media and was recent exhibited in Minsheng Gallery and Ullens Center for contemporary art which grabbed lots of attention; Jiang Pengyi, the up-and-coming young Chinese artist and one of the two artists in the exhibition Yang Fudong curated in Ullens Center for contemporary art; Li Ran, the young video artist in this year’s Gwangju Biennale; Lijun, the young photographer who spent an entire year documenting dust; Heman Chong, the Singaporean artist active in several European biennials who participated Venice Biennial on behalf of Singapore; New-York-based artist Julika Rudelius, whose works were exhibited in Tate Modern, Brooklyn Museum, and Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art—she presents her perspective of the middle class via a series of videos works shot in China—; Italian artist Francesco Simeti, who created luxurious yet minimal wallpapers that combine Chinese and European patterns; Geng Jianyi, who just had his solo exhibition in Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai; MadeIn, the invitation-swamped artistic group active in international art scene; and Chen Zhou, the young video installation artist who participated in Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale and the Chinese video art joint exhibition in Museo Nscional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain.
This is an ambitious exhibition of great scale, including artists active in international art scenes and young talents with great potentials and future possibilities—all were selected with great considerations. As for the two exhibition spaces, Yi&C Contemporary Art is a classic of contemporary space: surrounded by its minimalist luxury atmosphere are many art pieces full of middle-class flavor, the entire space exudes a reserved charm; Artrans Fine Art Storage boldly utilizes its three-story space to create biennial-scaled exhibition areas, and, upon entering each story, one seems to be stepping into an entirely different artistic space. Both venues will open on the ninth of November. The opening ceremony of the exhibition in Yi&C Contemporary Art in downtown will be held between three to eight pm, while Artrans Fine Art Storage will have its grand opening from eight to ten thirty pm. Artists Lee Kit, Zhang Enli, Zhang Peili, Yang Zhenzhong, Liu Jianhua, and Tsai Charwei will be present at the Grand Opening.





展期 November 09 - November 30, 2012

2012年11月9日 易雅居當代空間館 暨 藝典藏藝術品倉儲服務 展覽開幕酒會
Nov. 09, 2012 Yi&C Contemporary Art & Artrans Fine Art Storage Services Opening

Media and VIP Preview 媒體與藏家預展
15:00-16:00 Yi&C /易雅居 (Part 1)
17:00-18:00 Artrans/藝典藏 (Part 2)

Opening Reception 開幕酒會
17:00-20:00 Yi&C /易雅居(Part 1)
20:00-22:30 Artrans/藝典藏(Part 2)

*接駁車往返易雅居 / 市區 <---> 藝典藏
Shuttle bus between Yi&C / downtown <---> Artrans

易雅居 / Yi&C – Part 1
台北市敦化南路一段252巷22號
22,Lane 252, Sec. 1, Tun Hua S. Rd., Taipei, Taiwan
Tel (02) 2776-6628 E-mail: info3@yi8c.com
媒體聯絡人Contact : 許菱畔 Alma Hsu 謝佳璇 Amber Hsieh

藝典藏 / Artrans – Part 2
台北市內湖區安康路106巷61號
NO 61 Ln 106 Ankang Rd Neihu Dist,Taipei
Tel (02) 2794-0102


註1 :
2010年“生活的藝術 - 台日當代藝術展”,2011年“真實,試煉,與魔幻 – 台日當代攝影展“
2010 Living With Art Exhibition-Contemporary Art in Japan and Taiwan, 2011 Documented, Doubted, and Imagined Realities: Contemporary Photography from Japan and Taiwan
註2:
Digression is my way of telling a story, a little like the Spanish picaresque novel. – Brnuel, Miúltimo suspiro.
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