'Christian Dior and Chinese Artists'
UCCA Gallery, 798 Art District, Beijing, China
2008/11/16 - 2009/01/15
'Christian Dior and Chinese Artists' opened at the UCCA gallery in Beijing on November 16th 2008. The exhibition was conceived as a dialogue between high fashion and contemporary art. A leading selection of Chinese artists were invited to take their inspiration from Dior's 60 year history, and to create over 20 unique works of art in response.
A selection of Dior designs were chosen to be displayed alongside these artworks, from historic pieces such as the New Look Collection to the more recent series of globalised, aspirational consumer products. Both the art and fashion designs were then arranged in a conversational narrative that weaved through the gallery space.
The artists' responses to this luxurious consumption were at once celebratory and subversive. Work included a video installation by Wang Gongxin, which paired slow-motion footage of strutting Dior catwalk models with videos of real Chinese women in home-made copies of the same outfits, mimicking their poses; a wall composed of photographic bricks by Wen Fang, depicting the last 60 years of Dior's consumer products on one side and corresponding years of revolutionary Chinese images on the other; and Wang Qingsong's recreation of the Last Supper, in which Dior models posed as disciples, the artist himself as Jesus, and the bread and wine were replaced by hospital drips.
Ma Yansong represented the 'design' aspect of the exhibition. MAD's design, Fluid Tradition, melts and transforms a physical Dior motif in an attempt to boil down the associations and preconceptions of a luxury brand to its basic level, and reveal what is left.
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