"Regrow: Story of a Sunflower Garden, The Chinese Artist Xu Jiang"
Location: Dresden, Germany
Main organizer(s): Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
Partners EU: /
Partners China: Hangzhou Academy of Art
Xu Jiang's sunflowers were portraits of one generation, which was also dubbed the "sunflower generation". Born after the wars and surviving the Cultural Revolution, whose termination spelt the end of a rare chapter in history, this generation made a belated return to academia at their youth's tail. They bore witness to intellectual revivals, opening-up and reforms, shock of a changed outside world, as they founded themselves inextricably caught in the historical regeneration of a nation. They are jaded from the transformation of worlds, yet burdened with the task of deliverance and self-redemption. The artist is full of expectations that his sunflower will invite the post-war generation of artists from both China and Germany to conduct a dialogue on social thought and their shared art and experiences, to explore the spiritual core of this generation, the shared history and memories, ruptures and entanglements..
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