White Rabbit – Contemporary Chinese Art Collection

15 July30 September 2011

Sydney's amazing White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection is dedicated to works of art created after 2000, and is one of the most significant collections of contemporary Chinese art in the world.

In 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, the Samstag Museum is delighted to present a major exhibition of selected works from the White Rabbit Collection, for the Adelaide Festival Centre's 2011 OzAsia Festival.

The White Rabbit exhibition provides an exciting window to the diversity and power of contemporary art practice in China, showcasing works in very different media – painting, sculpture, animation, new media and installation – by artists Yan Baishen, Sun Furong, Bu Hua, Shi Jindian, Wu Junyong, Huang Keyi /Chen Zhuo, Shen Liang, Zhou Xiaohu, Cang Xin, Bai Yiluo, Dong Yuan and Wang Zhiyuan.

Featured works explore China's rapidly changing society, from Mao's oppressive Cultural Revolution to the excesses and exuberance of China's economic boom. Wang Zhiyuan's brilliantly alluring Object of Desire, 2008, adds a whimsical note that mocks its own gaudy morality, and is presented alongside Sun Furong's cut-up Mao suits which express the idea that, as the artist says, "in the struggle for survival you are stripped and eaten away by many things you cannot help…until you are broken".

Education resource (PDF file, 1.9mb) (opens in a new window)

Media release (PDF file, 435kb) (opens in a new window)

Catalogue essay (PDF file,100kb) (opens in a new window)

The Advertiser review (PDF file, 753kb) (opens in a new window)

Erica Green interview, ABC News (audio) (opens in a new window)

White Rabbit exhibition (YouTube video) (opens in a new window) 

OzAsia Festival 2011 White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection