Wiebengahal exhibition space in Maastricht shows Poets of Beijing, a group exhibition of contemporary art from 14 Chinese artists who were born in the 1980s. Poets of Beijing is on display from 26 November 2016 to 8 January 2017 and was realized by DutchCulture, the China International Cultural Association (CICA) and Marres Maastricht.
Poets of Beijing exhibition shows the works of 14 artists working in China’s capital city. Beijing’s economic prosperity fuels a fast growing art market that is a magnet for young artists. This group is often viewed as a new generation of artists, the so-called post-80s generation.
Instead of expressing their relationship to the west, as earlier Chinese artists have done, members of this post-80s generation search for an introspective and independent exploration of art and society. Within this framework, they produce a rich and varied body of works.
Yan Bing’s wheat murals echo the yellow earth of the countryside of his home province Gansu. Chen Youtong, biologist and native of Guangzhou, transformed his studio into a factory-lab hybrid to study the life of microbes. Kun Niao is a magazine editor and a recognized poet, Lin Ke one of China’s most prolific internet artists.