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"To Get Rich is Glorious"
A dynamic exhibition from China's new generation artists on the Bund

The exhibition "To Get Rich is Glorious" reflects the colour, creativity and vibrance of Shanghai and New China. It is the first of a series of exhibitions showcasing outstanding art from Studio Rouge artists who work in a variety media. The artists include Tao Hongjing, Zhao Bo, Zhang Kai, Chen Hangfeng, Greg Girard, Lu Chi, Zhang Liyu, Liu Dao 六岛, Mao Yu, Xu Zhifeng and Christophe Demaître.
The centre piece of the first group exhibition is Tao Hongjing’s neon installation entitled “To Get Rich is Glorious”. This funky neon installation is a joyous reflection of China’s economic miracle.The installation is a huge advertisement for, and tribute to, the success of the policies promoted by Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970’s.
Direct from London, Shanghai’s brilliant young performance and site intervention artist Xu Zhifeng (aka Shaw) will present his live performance video work “Look Through Me”. The artist processes the immediate and ephemeral environment through his being with the aid of camera and a backpack monitor.
Lu Chi the pioneer of Chinese glass art and Shanghai’s own, presents her sculpture “Eyes and Wheels” a poetic dissertation on life in the fast lane as she loops the Shanghai flyovers and super highways.
Zhao Bo internationally recognised Chinese Pop artist of the post eighties generation exhibits his canvas “Shanghai Shanghai” for the first time. Zhao Bo’s canvasses artfully weave the contradictions of past and present to record here and now China.
Shanghai is the home of Chinese abstraction. Jiang Weitao leads the new generation of Shanghai abstraction. His glossy, prismatic canvasses with their characteristic bamboo grid formation epitomise Shanghai style and elegance.
Inspired by traditional Chinese paper cuts Shanghai multi-media artist Chen Hangfeng of Logo-mania fame weaves a plush carpet in a silhouette of luxury brands.
Greg Girard’s photo image “Pearl” captures the Shanghai dream in all its complexity. Girard is a Shanghai based photographer of international renown. His classic book “Phantom Shanghai” is the quintessential document of a city in transition.
The fish is a symbol of prosperity. A hypnotic LED goldfish installation is created by Liu Dao 六岛 a Shanghai based art collective specialising in the creation of digital art.
On the flip side of prosperity is poverty and Zhang Kai’s soulful oils on canvas are a haunting reminder of hardships of economic recession.
Ren Hongwei’s fibre glass sculpture “Hello” is a witty portrait of empowerment and China’s new entrepreneurs.
Christophe Demaître is an artist from Belgium who has made Shanghai his home creates an installation that highlights the anomalies of the current currency crisis and the increasing strength of the Renminbi.
Mao Yu one of China’s most exciting young conceptual artists whose cycle the “Tree of Man” has received world wide acclaim presents beautifully staged images of man and environment which make us pause to reflect upon the spiritual values of wealth.
Zhang Liyu’s sculpture “Chop” made of coins provides the stamp of approval for the creativity and diversity of China’s new generation artists.

"To Get Rich is Glorious" at studio rouge "To Get Rich is Glorious" (让一部分人先富起来)
DATES From June 10th 2010 to July 18th 2010
CURATION George Michell
COORDINATION Jet
ORGANIZATION studio rouge
VERNISSAGE June 10th 2010 - 6 pm
VENUE studio rouge at the bund (Shanghai, China)
ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛, Chen Hangfeng, Greg Girard, Lu Chi, Mao Yu, Tao Hongjing, Xu Zhifeng, Zhang Liyu, Zhang Kai, Zhao Bo, Christophe Demaître
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"To Get Rich is Glorious"reflects the colour, creativity and vibrance of Shanghai and New China. It is the first of a series of exhibitions showcasing outstanding art from Studio Rouge artists who work in a variety of media, including live performance video work, glass art, painting and digital art. The artists include Tao Hongjing, Zhao Bo, Zhang Kai, Chen Hangfeng, Greg Girard, Lu Chi, Zhang Liyu, Liu Dao 六岛, Mao Yu, Christophe Demaître and Xu Zhifeng. The artwork is displayed with a sense of admiration for the oft-quoted Deng Xiaoping phrase that often sums up the Chinese economic miracle and the people living modern China within. (read more >>>)

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