Art in Modern China

Art in Modern China


It was a missed blessing and we are still now trying to really capture and grasp the consequences. After the cultural revolution, the Chinese people yearned for some form of freedom, some sort of narrative that would in many ways give leeway to the suppressed feelings which culture have suffered under Mao.

First the curators are Germans, in the opening of the Chinese National Museum, which sends a clear message of their own insecurities. The exhibition is a mix of the Chinese recreation of the history and glories of the Party while worshiping the western ways with the title “the celebration of the European Enlightenment”. The construction took 11 years, and often interrupted as the party could not agree which path to take. This is dichotomy that is now deep in the modern Chinese zeitgeist.

One may agree or disagree with his cultural stands, but no one can deny that he had a clear vision; Mao The Leader, Mao the Sun that shines over China. They are unsure which way to go. Perhaps the explanation lies in precisely the lack of any cultural value that was left after Mao. All that succeeded after that can hardly be expressed in one line or perhaps it can be better described as many have already expressed, a lie, a fairy tale made of cement, glass and steel.

The museum architects, also Germans, have made comments how the Regime main concern; was that the museum was built as the biggest as far as the size; not the cultural or artistic value. The new museum also reflects another Sino – German passion for the massive structures to celebrate the conquest of power.

This is a problematic and dangerous mix that history has shown the dire outcomes when the people are subjected to these ideals but the Germans do share with Chinese, similar values; the worship of order and power. The museum is located far from the common people, and they will also be far from any contact to the art there presented.

Outside, one may witness the ever so far reaching and ominous presence of the army with clinically chosen soldiers marching outside the museum in the German designed choreography to display of military order and power, now made in China.The National Museum is in many ways may best represent the present Chinese modern culture; a vast blank space, meticulously guarded, lavishly built for the few which is likely to remain empty, most of the time, for except of the selected tours or foreign visitors that may come to admire the new Chinese wealth. Inside the most acclaimed object is described as “precious national treasures” is the famous Deng’s cowboy hat used in a rodeo while visiting the US.


Modern Art

Modern Art
Modern art is something that many people do not understand. There are many a contemporary oil painting that features modern art that could find places in our homes, but the majority will choose landscape oil paintings rather than the more contemporary oil painting. This is because a lot of people don’t really understand modern art and will look at it as just a series of shapes or colours that don’t ‘look like’ anything, and which they could recreate using their current art abilities. However this is a big injustice and it really misses the point of modern art.

The idea behind landscape oil paintings or oil paintings of objects or subjects is to look like that thing. With impressionism it is to ‘suggest’ that image with less detail. However in either case, the painting is very simply of something that the artist has seen. This does not really take that much imagination arguably and for fans of modern art it can seem almost bland to just recreate something that is already there.

With modern art and many contemporary oil paintings, the idea is to paint something that isn’t there, and that you can’t see. Here shapes, lines, splashes of paint, or sometimes ‘proper’ likenesses of objects – are used to convey an emotion or a feeling. Often the purpose of modern art is not straight away apparent to the viewer and in this sense it can be something of a challenge to them to try and work out what it is that the artist was trying to convey. In some cases the modern art will be ‘open to interpretation’ and this way the viewer can project their own ideas onto the canvas this way making the painting almost collaborative. As they convey emotion or ideas, then they can evoke a far more emotional reaction than just a landscape and can be thought provoking, uplifting – even sometimes disturbing.

The great thing about this then is that it makes you think – you look at it and you have to decide what it says and what statement it’s making. At the same time some of the modern art that you find on display involves incredible imagination – combining images and ideas, even different styles of painting that you would not have elsewhere. If you have a painting of some fruit on your wall, then people won’t notice it. However if you have a painting of modern art then this will attract attention and probably start a conversation.

With a piece of modern art the artist is not restrained by conventions and can create anything that they can imagine. At the same time modern art is creating something that doesn’t have a ‘purpose’ as such, and when you think that all of the purposes we construct in our lives these too are only really arbitrary and in that sense modern art is mimicking life and just having fun creating things for the sake of it rather than with the intention to resemble something real In this way then modern art in a contemporary oil painting is very raw and real art that is both fascinating and evocative. For something a bit different then, consider modern at.

Modern art can look great in most homes. For contemporary oil painting as well as other exciting imagery from emerging artists, follow the links.