The exhibition on Huang Yugang at Beijing Minsheng Art Museum is a contemporary art exhibition that aims to conduct a contemporary art experiment from three aspects:
Firstly, the exhibition is experimental in the way that it displays the process and background of creating each painting by juxtaposing local objects, installations, video images, notes and diaries, as well as a paddy field transported from Liang Deng – a village in west Hunan Province. This paddy field is a symbol, signifying not only the livelihood of local people at Liang Deng, but also the cultural root of Huang Yugang’s art. The paddy field will return to its original place after the exhibition. We are just “renting” it for artistic and academic purposes.
Secondly, the exhibition features multimedia and multisensory integration. On one hand, the exhibition focuses on traditional mediums, namely, Huang Yugang’s paintings, highlighting the pictorial feature of his paintings and virtuosity of his techniques. On the other hand, the “milieu” of the paintings deploys multimedia devices to engage the audience at all fronts, on both sensory and emotional levels. Hence the exhibition has integrated installations and video images, etc., to evoke an immersive viewing process. The site of the “rented” paddy field is enclosed by a fence, with the image of Beijing Minsheng Art Museum spray-painted on it. Video cameras are installed there to document the growth of seedlings and the faming scenes of the locals. The audience in Beijing will get a glimpse of the real-life scenario at Liang Deng.
Thirdly, the exhibition showcases social concerns that characterize contemporary Chinese art, in accord with the social responsibility that China Minsheng Bank and Beijing Minsheng Art Museum shoulder. At the same time, the exhibition invites the audience to immerse in an interactive viewing process, to comprehend and engage with the exhibition on their own terms. Art museums open up a space for diverse values to unfold and interact, and visiting art museums is a process of claiming our subjectivity. The audience shall draw their own conclusion, but not that of the artist or the curator. Drawing upon their personal viewing experiences, the audience will reach their own understanding of life and humanity.