Jan 13, 2013 - Feb 23, 2013

Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project 

Today Art Museum

Today Art Museum

Liu Xiaodong and his team came to Xinjiang on 22 June 2012 and commenced the two-month Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project documenting the life of jade miners in the region known for reserve of the precious stone. Liu carried on with his unique way of live painting established while producing the Three Gorges Series (2004 – 2005). He set up a temporary studio in his tent to accomplish this elongated project with sketches, diaries, oil painting and photography. A camera team was also present to document the entire progress with a film.

In order to complete the project, Hou Hanru, chief curator of the project launched a complex series of programmes parallel to the painting. It includes on-site research, historical research, tournament exhibitions, film viewing, seminars and on-line publications. Co-curator Ou Ning led a group of researchers and journalists to complete research programmes on free expression, which involved local writers, historians, musicians, craftsmen and so on, in the aim of revealing the reality through public opinions on various issues in local life.

“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

The first exhibition of Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project was held in August 2012 at Xinjiang International Exhibition Center, presenting East, South, West and North, four new Oil painting works produced in Xinjiang and Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project, a documentary film produced by A Cheng and directed by Yang Bo.

The second exhibition of the touring Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project opened on 12 January 2013 at Today Art Museum.

“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
South, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
East, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
West, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
North, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

Besides the four new works from Xinjiang and the documentary film, more of his latest works accomplished in Beijing as well as rare scripts, diaries and other materials will be on display.

“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum

This is an endeavor to explore and reveal the diversified and complex social and cultural landscape of Xinjiang through integration into the life of local folks. The humanitarian standpoint of the project is of clear opposition to that of the exoticism. It set up an example on the seek for reasons and realistic meanings for the proceeding of contemporary art and cultural researches in such a changing modern reality as it is.

Square 2, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Square 2, 60.5 x 42 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Time 2, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Time 2, 54.5 x 41.5 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
A Hong’s Idea 1, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
A Hong's Idea 1, 60.5 x 42 cm
Old Man Crossing the Bridge 1, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Old Man Crossing the Bridge 1
Four People Walking 1, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Four People Walking 1, 54.5 x 41.5 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Red and Black 1, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Red and Black 1, 60.5 x 42 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Stone 1, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Stone 1, 71.5 x 42 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Excavation Pit 2, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Excavation Pit 2, 54.5x 41.5 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
3 P.M. 1, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
3 P.M. 1, 54.5 x 41.5 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Two Boys 2, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Two Boys 2, 54.5 x 41.5 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Line 2, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Line 2, 54.5 x 41.5 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
The Big Dipper 2, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
The Big Dipper 2, 60.5 x 42 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Doubt 1, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Doubt 1, 54.5 x 41.5 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Black 2, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Black 2, 60.5 x 42 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Self-Portrait 1, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Self-Portrait 1, 71.5 x 42 cm
Self-Portrait 2, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Self-Portrait 2, 71.5 x 42 cm
“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Rays of Light 1, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Rays of Light 1, 60.5 x 42 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Cry Out 2, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Cry Out 2, 60.5 x 42 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Sandstorm 2, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Sandstorm 1, 54.5 x 41.5 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
At Home 1, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
At Home 1, 54.5 x 41.5 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Stick It 1, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Stick It 1, 71 x 42 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Stick It 2, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Stick It 2, 71 x 42 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Sloping 2, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Sloping 2, 71.5 x 42 Stick It 1, 71 x 42 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
Gender 1, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
Gender 1, 71.5 x 42 cm, Acrylic on photo paper
“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
“Liu Xiaodong’s Hotan Project” exhibition scene, Liu Xiaodong, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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