Chinese Contemporaries

25 Jun — 14 Jul 2015 at Magda Danysz Gallery in London, United Kingdom

24 JUNE 2015
Zhang Dali 1949 年8-15, 145 x 94 cm, 2009, Courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery
Zhang Dali 1949 年8-15, 145 x 94 cm, 2009, Courtesy Magda Danysz Gallery

The new pop-up Magda Danysz Gallery, located on 61 Charlotte Street in London, is pleased to present their new exhibition "Chinese Contemporaries" show casing the work of both Chinese artists and artists inspired by China. Based in both Paris since 1999 and Shanghai since 2009, Magda Danysz creates a bridge between China and Europe, and in this exhibition specifically, provides the opportunity to discover impressive artists such as Zhang Dali, Peikwen Cheng, Yang Yongliang and Prune Nourry.

MD Gallery's London Project is set to be the latest, dynamic contemporary art space in the heart of London for both emerging and established artists. The exhibition focuses on the originality and vitality of Chinese contemporary photography, displaying various themes and techniques of a new generation of artists.

Among the artists on show, the world famous Chinese artist, Zhang Dali is eclectic and unpredictable, always challenging the way he expresses himself. In his Second History series, Zhang Dalis acts as an archivist in that he actively locates images in Chinese archives and researches their history. His work uncovers the role of photographs in state propaganda during the regime of Mao Tse-tung (1949–76), documenting the retouching, colouring, and other alterations made to photographs by state censors. Zhang is interested in both the political ramifications of these alterations and the delicate artistry the censors practiced in their adjustments of the historical documents. The complete series has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and at the MoMA in NY in 2011.

From Maleonn to Zhou Hongbin, Bai Guanghua to Ma Kang, Peikwen Cheng and Zhang Dali, we discover in this exhibition the vivacity of propositions, the vibrant creations in China within such a variety of subjects. In addition to this exclusive show, Magda Danysz Gallery also hosts the London Project, an on-going three month artistic residency project, providing artists with the opportunity to work in a unique set of basements and vaults, ultimately transforming the space into a unique collective body of art, which will then be fully unveiled to the public at the end of the residency.