BEYOND BOUNDARIES is an exhibition of work by 24 artists of international renown with close working associations to two of the most important art institutions in the world; the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London. Timed to celebrate the centenar...
BEYOND BOUNDARIES is an exhibition of work by 24 artists of international renown with close working associations to two of the most important art institutions in the world; the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London. Timed to celebrate the centenary of CAFA, and 150 years of Slade, Beyond Boundaries highlights the historic contribution these two great organizations have made in nurturing artistic vision, arts education and the role artists as educators.
The Exhibition features recent work, ranging from painting to sculpture and to new digital media, by leading names in British and Chinese art. Co-curated by CAFA’s Guo Xiaohui and Andrew Stahl, Professor of Fine Art at the Slade, with academic director by Fan Di’an, President of CAFA, artistic direction by Zhang Zikang, Director of the CAFA Art Museum, Beyond Boundaries is a dynamic sample of current artistic practice in China and the UK.
The arts have traditionally played a vital part in cross-cultural exchange and during a time when the art discourse is evermore international. Beyond Boundaries focuses on the work of leading artists who have played a fundamental role as educators in both China and the UK and this exhibition opens up this process up to a wider audience. Professor Andrew Stahl states: ‘as teachers and artists we want to communicate the excitement of making art and encourage students to pursue their own individual visions while providing them with access to contemporary discourse; the Slade presents their students with a giant argument about what contemporary art should be’.
Beyond Boundaries acknowledges the differences of educational approach that are characteristic of both institutions - as well as the artistic excellence they exemplify. Chief Curator, Guo Xiaohui states: ‘through exhibiting individual artists’ responses to current social, environmental and political influences, this show is an artwork in itself. It is a very exciting and rare opportunity to witness high quality art practice that will ultimately encourage a dialogue of exchange.’
What conclusions can be made from the rich offering of art from China and the UK, CAFA and the Slade, presented at Beyond Boundaries? Chief Curator, Guo Xiaohui suggests, ‘all art is a conversation, a dialogue between diverse histories, cultures and viewpoints. Art celebrates difference and creates a space where we can come together and understand better where we have come from – and where we would like to go’.
Professor Andrew Stahl states:
‘This show is a great opportunity to develop transcultural discourse which is an essential part of understanding contemporary art. The title ‘Beyond Boundaries can be seen not only to refer to the importance of the transcultural but to the idea that art can extend one’s vision of the world’
BEYOND BOUNDARIES is a free exhibition featuring work by artists from CAFA, including: Feng Mengbo, Geng Xue, Liu Xiaodong, Qiu Zhijie, Su Xinping, Sui Jianguo, Tang Hui, Wang Yuyang, Xu Bing, Yu Hong and Zhan Wang and from The Slade including: Phyllida Barlow, Kate Bright, Susan Collins, Enrico David, Dryden Goodwin, Neil Jeffries, Lisa Milroy, Jayne Parker, Kieren Reed, Karin Ruggaber, Andrew Stahl and Phoebe Unwin.