“Nothing is true, everything is permitted” is a motto handed down from the Order of the Assassins and the Crusaders. The motto points to a crisis of macro-narrative structures and the contrived nature of established norms.In a given reality, nihilist arguments could be used as mottos for artists, in that artists construct grand narrative landscapes and announce that they will not explain them. These massive efforts are all for a period of indescribable immersive experience.
Weare still delighted to immerse ourselves in thesegrand contrivances, as they are the reasons for every action within the industry. The flashiness of culture cannot cover the incisiveness of artists.Through this nihilistic assassin’s creed, the artists in this exhibition, Huang Yong Ping, Zhao Zhao, Sun Yuan, Ai Weiwei, and Zhu Jia, have achieved a common understanding.
Nietzsche explained this maxim as:“Nothing is true, all is permitted. Like a hero of Dostoyevsky, governed by your nihilistic gods, you would destroy me without hesitation, as if it were a pure sacred act.”