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Cao Fei: Tidal Flux
2024-06-22 - 2024-11-17
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Museum of Art Pudong proudly announces its third major exhibition of the year, Cao Fei: Tidal Flux, opening to the public on June 22, 2024. This exhibition marks MAP's first solo show dedicated to a female artist and its first major exhibition of moving images and media art since the museum's inception. For artist Cao Fei, this marks her inaugural large-scale mid-career retrospective in Shanghai, and one of the largest solo exhibitions of her works ever staged globally.

Cao Fei is one of the most internationally acclaimed Chinese contemporary artists. In 2023, she ranked 10th on ArtReview's prestigious "Power 100" list of the art world's most influential figures. She mixes social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions in her films and installations. Her works reflect on the rapid and developmental changes that are occurring in Chinese society today. Cao Fei is the first Chinese artist to present a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2019). She has also held solo shows at prominent international institutions including MoMA PS1 in New York (2016), Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong (2018-2019), Serpentine Galleries in London (2020), Pinacoteca Contemporânea in São Paulo (2023-2024), among others. Now, this journey continues with her latest stop at Museum of Art Pudong.

This exhibition provides a comprehensive overview of Cao Fei's nearly 30-year artistic journey. Utilizing the entire second-floor space of the museum, the artist crafts a "non-linear" arrangement that brings the work to life through a diverse perspective. The exhibition delves into themes of "Time," "Body," and "Technology," encompassing several of Cao Fei's significant long-term projects. Highlights include her early works during the "Pearl River Delta" period, the exploration of digital and virtual realms in the "metaverse" originating from the RMB CityRMB - To be ReMember), and her research project HX. Furthermore, the exhibition features seven pieces making their global debut, and thirteen works/series being shown in China for the first time.

Cao Fei: Tidal Flux is produced by Shanghai Lujiazui Development (Group) Company Limited and organized by Museum of Art Pudong. The exhibition is jointly curated by a trio of renowned curators from China and abroad—Nancy Spector from the United States, Xue Tan from Hong Kong, China, and Yang Beichen from Beijing, China. The exhibition design is developed by BEAU Architects, while the graphic design is created by Studio Pianpian He and Max Harvey.


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