Chinese Bible: Revolution and Art in China

Exhibition Overview


Yang Zhichao’s, Chinese bible, 2009, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Yang Zhichao
Yang Zhichao’s, Chinese bible, 2009, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Yang Zhichao

The intimate histories of artists who grew up in China during the time of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution.
This exhibition is centered around the ideas and contents of artist Yang Zhichao’s Chinese bible, an installation of almost 3000 notebooks and diaries from between 1949 and 1989. The books, collected by the artist from Beijing markets, reveal a combination of experiences from personal moments like falling in love to standardised notes taken in engineering lectures.

Yang Zhichao Chinese bible is accompanied by Chinese revolutionary woodcuts and posters from the same period as the books, as well as works by other celebrated contemporary Chinese artists including Zhang Xiaogang and Hong Hao.

(Photo: Yang Zhichao’s, Chinese bible, 2009, Art Gallery of New South Wales © Yang Zhichao)

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