From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s

On 29/07/2013 by Site Default
Asia Society Chinese Arts Documentary Series – Documentary Screening & Post-screening Discussion

Registration at 6:15pm
Screening at 6:30pm followed by discussion* with Huang Xiaopeng, Artist & Anthony Yung, Director

From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s  (2010 / Hong Kong / Dir. Jane DeBevoise, Claire Hsu, Phoebe Wong, Anthony Yung / 48 minutes/ In Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles)

The 1980s was a seminal period in the history of contemporary art in China. However, the contribution and experimentalism of the art scene in South China, in particular Guangzhou and Shenzhen, have generally been overlooked. Due in part to the proximity of Hong Kong, western ideas from translated books and articles as well as popular culture in the form of TV shows and Cantopop flooded Guangdong at the end of the Cultural Revolution. This influx of new ideas and popular culture sparked great excitement, debate and experimentation in the arts. This documentary bears witness not only to the reading fever that gripped the Chinese art world in the 1980s. It also highlights the experimentalism and verve of artists and critics in South China whose contributions to the development of contemporary art have been long lasting and deep. Join artist, Huang Xiaopeng and Anthony Yung, Director, for a post-screening discussion.

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