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'85 New Wave is the first comprehensive exhibition focused on the revolutionary period in art history when Chinese artists began reinventing their own culture, breaking free from decades of socialist realism to begin a process of intense experimentation.

Press Release

'85 New Wave is an exhibition that takes a step back from this commercial fray to examine a unique episode of art history when China began reinventing its own culture. The 1980s in China represented a kind of explosive answer to the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 70s, when China was not only cut off from the rest of the world, but was also forced to disown and renounce its own culture. …

'85 New Wave is an exhibition that takes a step back from this commercial fray to examine a unique episode of art history when China began reinventing its own culture. The 1980s in China represented a kind of explosive answer to the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 70s, when China was not only cut off from the rest of the world, but was also forced to disown and renounce its own culture. Suppression of such a powerful culture could only be met with an equal and opposite force. The result of this explosive reaction was the ’85 New Wave Movement. This search for new artistic language …

Institution

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UCCA
Beijing, Beidaihe

Location

4 Jiuxianqiao Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, CN