'85 New Wave


A name for the conceptual and provocative artwork created in China between 1985 and 1989 that reacted to Socialist Realism, which had dominated Chinese art since the 1950s. ‘85 New Wave inspired various other groups, such as the Xiamen Dada group and the Northern Artists Group from Harbin. The movement reached its pinnacle with the 1989 “China Avant-Garde Exhibition” at the National Art Gallery in Beijing.

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