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Life and Dreams

Featuring forty-three artists, “Life and Dreams” showcases a wide range of groundbreaking photography and media art produced by internationally recognized Chinese contemporary artists.

The first extensive exhibition of works by Chinese artists represented in The Walther Collection, “Life and Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Media Art” features work by renowned figures such as Yang Fudong, Zhang Peili, Ai Weiwei, Song Dong, Cao Fei, and Zhang Huan, as well as showcasing newer positions from innovative young artists such as Sun Xun, and Lu Yang.

Curated by Christopher Phillips, “Life and Dreams” provides an up-to-the-minute account of the main directions and key achievements of contemporary Chinese photography and media art during over the last three decades through showing visually inventive and emotionally stimulating artworks. The exhibition also investigates how photographic works have captured the artists’ responses to the sweeping social and economic changes that have fundamentally altered the face of China’s cities and transformed the fabric of everyday life.

In their third online exhibition on IC, we present a selection of works from the exhibition “Life and Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Media Art” as well as installation views from inside the show.

CANG XIN, To Add One Meter to an Anonymus Mountain, 1995. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
CANG XIN, To Add One Meter to an Anonymus Mountain, 1995. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
HONG LEI, Autumn in the Forbidden City, East Veranda, 1997. Courtesy Chambers Fine Art, Beijing and New York. © The artist
HONG LEI, Autumn in the Forbidden City, East Veranda, 1997. Courtesy Chambers Fine Art, Beijing and New York. © The artist
LU YANG, Delusional Mandala, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Beijing Commune, Beijing. © The artist
LU YANG, Delusional Mandala, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Beijing Commune, Beijing. © The artist
LU YANG, Delusional Mandala, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Beijing Commune, Beijing. © The artist
LU YANG, Delusional Mandala, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Beijing Commune, Beijing. © The artist
LU YANG, Delusional Mandala, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Beijing Commune, Beijing. © The artist
LU YANG, Delusional Mandala, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Beijing Commune, Beijing. © The artist
LU YANG, Delusional Mandala, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Beijing Commune, Beijing. © The artist
LU YANG, Delusional Mandala, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Beijing Commune, Beijing. © The artist
CANG XIN, Communication Series No. 2, 1999. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
CANG XIN, Communication Series No. 2, 1999. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
CANG XIN, Communication Series No. 2, 1999. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
CANG XIN, Communication Series No. 2, 1999. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
CANG XIN, Communication Series No. 2, 1999. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
CANG XIN, Communication Series No. 2, 1999. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
MA LIUMING, Fen-Ma Liuming Walks the Great Wall, 1998.
Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
MA LIUMING, Fen-Ma Liuming Walks the Great Wall, 1998. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
RONG RONG, Untitled, from the series
RONG RONG, Untitled, from the series "East Village", 1993–98. Courtesy the artist and Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing. © The artist
RONG RONG, Untitled, from the series
RONG RONG, Untitled, from the series "East Village", 1993–98. Courtesy the artist and Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing. © The artist
MIAO XIAOCHUN, Mirage, from the series
MIAO XIAOCHUN, Mirage, from the series "New Urban Reality", 2004. Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery, New York. © The artist
SZE TSUNG LEONG, Wangjing Xincheng, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 2003. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York. © The artist
SZE TSUNG LEONG, Wangjing Xincheng, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 2003. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York. © The artist
ZHANG HUAN, Skin (20 self-portraits), 1997. Courtesy the artist and Pace
Gallery. © The artist
ZHANG HUAN, Skin (20 self-portraits), 1997. Courtesy the artist and Pace Gallery. © The artist
WENG FEN, Bird's Eye View - Shenzhen, 2001. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
WENG FEN, Bird's Eye View - Shenzhen, 2001. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
ZHENG GUOGU, Life and Dreams of Youth of Yanjiang, 1995. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
ZHENG GUOGU, Life and Dreams of Youth of Yanjiang, 1995. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
XU YONG, This Face, 2011. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
XU YONG, This Face, 2011. Courtesy the artist and The Walther Collection. © The artist
ZHUANG HUI, One and Thirty – Artist, 1995–96. Courtesy the artist, Galleria Continua, Beijing, and Three Shadows Photography Art
Center, Beijing. © The artist
ZHUANG HUI, One and Thirty – Artist, 1995–96. Courtesy the artist, Galleria Continua, Beijing, and Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing. © The artist
ZHUANG HUI, One and Thirty – Artist, 1995–96. Courtesy the artist, Galleria Continua, Beijing, and Three Shadows Photography Art
Center, Beijing. © The artist
ZHUANG HUI, One and Thirty – Artist, 1995–96. Courtesy the artist, Galleria Continua, Beijing, and Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing. © The artist
ZHUANG HUI, One and Thirty – Artist, 1995–96. Courtesy the artist, Galleria Continua, Beijing, and Three Shadows Photography Art
Center, Beijing. © The artist
ZHUANG HUI, One and Thirty – Artist, 1995–96. Courtesy the artist, Galleria Continua, Beijing, and Three Shadows Photography Art Center, Beijing. © The artist
Installation view at
Installation view at "Life and Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Media Art", The Walther Collection, 2018. Photo: © Juliane Peil
Installation view at
Installation view at "Life and Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Media Art", The Walther Collection, 2018. Photo: © Juliane Peil
Installation view at
Installation view at "Life and Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Media Art", The Walther Collection, 2018. Photo: © Juliane Peil
Installation view at
Installation view at "Life and Dreams: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Media Art", The Walther Collection, 2018. Photo: © Juliane Peil

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