Current Exhibitions

Re-recognition of Game:CAFA Game Art Exhibition


Re-recognition of Game It is a party for game lovers to touch the spirit of games together. What is game, in your mind? An entertainment product that requires charging money, or a source of happiness in life; An emotional stress relief, or a huge industry with 250 billion annual value of production; Happy childhood memories, or a way to know yourself better; The perspective you see games may affect the world in the future. We love games for many reasons: Enjoy victory or failure; Fond of art or story; Experience growth or setback; We believe, however, good games make you a better person. If you love playing games, and regard it as a necessity in life; If you want to explore the world of games, and understand the human wisdom and emotions behind it; We sincerely invite you to the exhibition of “CAFA Game Art 2018”; Meet those like-minded players, enjoy a happy togethering, and re-recognize games from functional and artistic perspectives. It is the first time that game works have been regarded as artistic forms and exhibited in a major national art museum. It is not making a copy of CHINAJOY (a digital entertainment expo held annually in Shanghai) in Beijing. Based on the theme of “Re-recognition of Game”, this event discusses the combination of games with other fields such as art, education and medicine, aiming to explore the functional value and cultural significance of games as well as the development direction of the digital entertainment education in China. Form: Just like playing a game, go visit an exhibition of game This exhibition is hosted by Central Academy of Fine Arts and is held at CAFA Art Museum. The whole event will choose and recombine the contents involved in games creation, such as innovation of playing method, narrative design, aesthetic presentation, idea expression, or game scene, character, music, world, and show them to you in a brand new way. Simply speaking, the exhibition offers a journey of discovery and adventure about games through games to let you understand games again. If you are a game lover, you will be amazed by the well-designed links in the exhibition. Interaction: face-to-face communication with famous game producers, let them know the game you really want to play The exhibition will display nearly 100 well-known and less-known games, including “Minecraft”, “Monument Valley”, “Kingdom Come: Deliverance”, “Sky”, “Gorogoa”, “Cuphead”…… You will have access to the exclusive information behind these games, inspiration source, manuscripts, videos, etc., and even get chances to play their unreleased versions. Most importantly, you will meet famous game producers and can express your love to them, “roast” your suggestions, let them know your love and thoughts for the game. Maybe the next hit game will have your ideas. This is a carefully designed exhibition and more like a grand communication site. We need your ideas and voices. Discovery: what else do you gain from games? In the mind of every player, games are not just games and what we gained from games are more than happy times. To some extent, it is the games that fill up our lack of education, void of mind, regrets of life, and offer us opportunities to pursue a perfect life. Those words for describing games are beyond games as it integrated with various disciplines such as education, medicine and culture. Perhaps there is no game in the world originally, and it appears only when more and more people “play” it. We expect to play beyond the game with you at CAFA Art Museum! Games not only belong to its producers but also belong to the players like you and me. More

Reinvention – “New Chinese Painting Movement in 1950s and 1960s” Exhibition


On September 8, 2018, the “New Chinese Painting Movement in 1950s and 1960s” Exhibition is unveiled on the fourth floor of CAFA Art Museum. It selected representative works, from the collection of CAFA Art Museum, that reveal the innovation history of the Chinese Painting in the 1950s and 1960s, and combed through the literature of discussion, exhibition articles and artworks that related to the reform of Chinese painting. In this both academic and artistic exhibition based on research, the visitors can get the viewing experience as if walking around a history book. The Exhibition of “Reinvention – New Chinese Painting Movement in 1950s and 1960s” is composed of three parts, the first part covers the text of “discussions on the transformation of Chinese painting”. In modern China, debates about art have started with “Chinese painting” since Kang Youwei (a Chinese scholar of the late Qing dynasty) became the first to criticize traditional Chinese painting. In this part, the debates are divided into three categories: “drawing on Western advantages”, “Keeping to traditional culture”, and “reflecting realistic life”, in which the discussions of the last one “reflecting realistic life ” laid the foundation of public opinion for the “New Chinese Painting Movement”, following by appeals for reforming Chinese painting from different perspectives of different people. The text of the first part uses a vertical timeline to present various ideas so the viewers can get a general understanding of the “New Chinese Painting Movement”. The second part is “painting from life for innovation”. In the process of establishing the creation norms of landscape painting, the practice in the 1950s turned towards “outdoor sketching” and there were four important regions in China contributed to the formation of landscape painting, which were “Beijing and Tianjin area”, “Jiangsu area”, “northwest district” and “Lingnan area”. In this part, landscape paintings of different areas are showcased, and these distinctive works also echo with the exhibition’s theme of “reinvention”. The third part is “new look of Chinese landscape”. With the rise of new Chinese painting, landscape painting broke through the traditional standard of values that considered “leisure” as the highest spirit, and it transformed into praises of the feelings for everything from nature, creating a unique vision of the times. The artistic language and form style of landscape painting have also changed, as there emerged many classic theme patterns, such as “location of a revolution”, “new look of town and country” and “cultural landscape”. Just as the curator Wang Chunchen pointed out: “If we want to promote Chinese painting studies, we have to trace back to its innovation course. This exhibition is just planned to reveal the innovation history of Chinese painting in the 1950s and 1960s. It selected works from the collection of CAFA Art Museum and part of the discussion articles to be shown for the public, and hope to encourage more significant creations of Chinese painting in today’s era.” More

“Pose-life”:Beijing Media Art Biennale


On September 5, 2018, The Second Beijing Media Art Biennale (BMAB) is to return on schedule. If the theme of “Ethics of Technology” for the last BMAB presented what we contemplate and introspect at the epistemological level under the New Theology of Technology, the topic of “Post-Life” for this year will discuss not only at the epistemological level, but also let us realize that “New Technology” will prompt us to rethink our relationship with other species, and whether we have the courage to decentralize “human” as the scale for everything. Another core part of this Biennale is “Art and Technology” Lab Space Exhibition. It aims to build a platform where artistic creation and cutting-edge science and technology research can exchange ideas and cooperate. It will also introduce research topics and practices by interdisciplinary laboratories around the world that related to the theme of “Post-Life”, and present experiment achievements on future life that created by interdisciplinary cooperation. The 2018 Beijing Media Art Biennale (BMAB2018) will be held at the CAFA Art Museum from September 5 to September 24, 2018. It is supported by China National Art Fund, hosted by Central Academy of Fine Arts and organized by the School of Design of CAFA, the School of Experimental Art of CAFA, and CAFA Art Museum. As an international academic platform for promoting art and technology’s cross experiments, this Biennale centers on the theme of “Post-Life” and consists of six sections, including thematic exhibition, lab space, hyperlinks exhibition, live performance, thematic forum and workshops. It will offer a concentrative presentation of artists’ interdisciplinary experiments in the field of art and technology, and stimulate in-depth discussions between artists, designers, scientists and theorists. “Post-Life” Thematic Exhibition The theme of the exhibition is “Post-Life”, and it focuses on exploring how the ancient concept of “life” has developed and extended under the influence of the rapid development of biological genes, artificial intelligence, robots, and in the context of post-anthropological theories that has increasingly attracted attention. It also discusses the subtle changes of human’s position from the perspective of “non-anthropocentrism” when they coexist with other species on earth. The main exhibition is divided into three parts: “Data Life”, “Mechanical life” and “Synthetic life” , trying to interpret the subject of life from different perspectives: virtual life brought into existence by computer algorithm, bionic life created by machinery and synthetic life that is hard to define by the definition of life. The exhibiting works include videos, interactive installations, immersive art, biological art, mechanical installations, audio-visual art, internet art, sound art, mixed media, and so on. “Art and Technology” Lab Space The interdisciplinary laboratory of art and technology has already become a new model for future innovation. It not only changes the research and development models in scientific and technological circles but also offers a new pattern for the artists who have long based on studios. The “Art and Technology” Lab Space invites many representative domestic and foreign laboratories, such as MIT Media Lab, to present their ideas, practices and methods along with their research findings and artworks related to the theme of “Post-Life”. The exhibits include R&D prototypes, work prototype, demo videos, technical demos, literature and publications. The Lab Space employs exhibitions, workshops and roundtable talks to exchange practical experience and catalyze cross-field art collaboration. In addition, the exhibition especially showcases traditional Chinese folk art and scientific and technological achievement projects, trying to expand the historical dimension of art and technology. Live Performances As part of the Biennale, live performances for the public will be hosted at CAFA Art Museum and CHAO Art Center. Exhibition Tour After the main exhibition and the forum finished, an exhibition tour based on the same or related topics will be held in Beijing and other places. More
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