Twelve artists are exploring the idea of "home" in an exhibition M Home: Living in Space sponsored by Red Star Macalline, a local furniture retailer at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, on show through Jan 6.
The gallery is final show of the year features artists from six countries, including Chinese-American architect Zhang Yonghe and Japanese painter Yoshitomo Nara, who were invited to explore the meaning of "home" through their own individual practices and cultural backgrounds
"Home is the most fundamental unit of society," observes Philip Tinari, the exhibition curator and director of the UCCA.
Commonplace domestic items, such as rugs and wallpapers, lose their function and familiar forms as the artists create visual landscapes beyond traditional living environments.
Artist Lin Tianmiao's work is a huge carpet, punctuated with the women's titles popular in the cyberspace, which covers the floor of one gallery hall. Lin collected rugs from antique-rug dealers, in different sizes and designs to represent a wide range of ethnic groups.
"They are largely more than 100 years old. Each has distinct images and presents their unique cultural backgrounds. By weaving them together, I am trying to convey the original and fundamental meaning of home," said Lin.
Lin is one of the first Chinese female artists to achieve international recognition. In 2012, her major retrospective solo exhibition, Bound Unbound, was held at the Asia Society Museum in New York.
South Korean artist Suh Do-ho's work is a fabric Korean house, which is hanging from the ceiling of the exhibition hall. It is a kind of light jade or celadon color. Suh said he picked the color from the ceiling paper of the traditional Korean house.
"In the traditional house, you hang white papers on the wall. And on the ceiling, you have this sky-blue- or jade-colored wallpaper. It symbolizes the sky or universe," said Suh in an interview with Art 21 magazine.
"At some point in your life, you have to leave your home," Tinari said. "And whenever you go back, it's just not the same home anymore. But Suh thinks home is something that you carry along with your life."
The exhibition is UCCA's first collaboration with local furniture retailer Red Star Macalline. The commercial cooperation never spoils the quality of the art.
"We are free to express and do what we intended to do," said Lin.
The exhibition includes public programs including lectures and forums led by the artists, curators and several cultural critics.
If you go
10 am-7 pm, daily until Jan. 6, closed on Mondays
UCCA, 798 Art Zone, 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang district, Beijing.
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