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China Underground

As a part of its opening up strategy, the Chinese government wanted to turn Beijing into the cultural window of the country. But when you look closer, the dynamism of Beijing artistic scene actually comes from the new generations of artists, students, young western expatriates, kawaii Lolitas, or underground rock musicians…
We need only to look at Yan Pei Ming’s or Jiji Jiji’s artworks to hear the growling rebellion against red capitalism!
Open to punk culture? Get into this world of artists who praise alternative and avant-garde pleasures, particularly illicit in the new Beijing where business meets sex at every corner. The specificity of this culture is that it is rooted in traditional art, which continue to infuse Chinese contemporary art. And with this combination, there are endless possibilities.
The artist Zhao Bandi for example particularly distinguishes himself for his incorporation of Chinese tradition into contemporary art techniques in his piece representing a stockholder chatting with a panda. As a metaphorical representation of the artist situation in China, Liu Bolin camouflages himself entirely in his work to denounce the lack of artist recognition and freedom against censorship and the government.
There are some recurring themes among contemporary Chinese artists: social phobia (Li Baoxun), the disappearance of individuality (Jin Bo), the overwhelming capitalism (Zhen Jun Du), persecuted minorities (Luo Dan), sexy western icons (Giofeng Cao), nudity (Ren Hang) or the decadence of society (Di Wu).

It is this new face of China that we want to show you today through a selection of works on Artsper that illustrate this constantly changing underground movement.

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Seri Phuengporn, Smiling Buddha, Painting

Seri Phuengporn

Smiling Buddha, 2015
47.2 x 47.2 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$4,489

Shen Jingdong, Young Prince, Print

Shen Jingdong

Young Prince, 2015
11.8 x 8.3 x 0.4 inch
Print

$641

Shen Jingdong, Soldier, Sculpture

Shen Jingdong

Soldier, 2012
11.8 x 9.8 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$8,978

Li Lihong, Mickey, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Mickey, 2013
7.9 x 9.4 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$770

Li Lihong, Apple - Or, Sculpture

Li Lihong

Apple - Or, 2013
7.1 x 6.3 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$770

Di Wu, Mask & World , Photography

Di Wu

Mask & World , 2013
39.4 x 27.2 inch
Photography

$3,591

Di Wu, Face Masks II, Photography

Di Wu

Face Masks II, 2013
28 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$4,104

Luo Dan, 27 January 2008, Shaanxi XiAn, Photography

Luo Dan

27 January 2008, Shaanxi XiAn, 2008
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$5,771

Luo Dan, 28 June 2006, Tibet GongBuJiangDa, Photography

Luo Dan

28 June 2006, Tibet GongBuJiangDa, 2006
18.9 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$4,232

Liu Xin Tao, Chambre #2, Painting

Liu Xin Tao

Chambre #2, 2013
59.1 x 59.1 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$19,238

Li Wei, On the surface of the earth, Photography

Li Wei

On the surface of the earth, 2004
39.4 x 39.4 inch
Photography

$10,260

Zhao Bandi, No smoking, Photography

Zhao Bandi

No smoking, 1999
19.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$321

Li Wei, Li Wei falls to the car, Photography

Li Wei

Li Wei falls to the car, 2003
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

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Li Wei, Bright Apex - 75-04, Photography

Li Wei

Bright Apex - 75-04, 2007
26.4 x 39.4 x 1.2 inch
Photography

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