Prepare to be shocked for a second time, if not by the exhibition title then certainly by the artworks.
Ai Weiwei co-curates “FUCK OFF 2”, a sequel of the exhibition that surprised viewers and outraged governmental censors thirteen years ago in Shanghai. With part two, the newly assembled group of Chinese contemporary artists show that bloody performances, simulated sex and government repression can still provoke art audiences.
The Groninger Museum in Groninger, the Netherlands, is hosting the exhibition “FUCK OFF 2”, (from 26 May to 17 November 2013) curated by artist and activist Ai Weiwei, art critic Feng Boyi and Mark Wilson, Chief Curator of the Groninger Museum.
The exhibition includes 37 Chinese artists and artist groups whose contemporary works of art reflect on the state of China today.
Mark Wilson is quoted in Radio Netherlands Worldwide stating that part of Ai Weiwei’s appeal is his activism and critical stance against the Chinese government. Wilson discusses one of the key themes of the exhibition: “activism plays a central role. The works are a response to the fact that people in China are (still) not free to do as they wish.”
The show’s predecessor, the 2000 “FUCK OFF” exhibition of 46 artists curated by Ai Weiwei and Feng Boyi, was an alternative exhibition to the Shanghai Biennale and was held at Eastlink Gallery, near Suzhou Creek.
The current exhibition’s Chinese title, “不合作方式”, means “Uncooperative Approach”, but the curators preferred the bold in-your-face English translation.
According to Randian, the scandalous exhibition was closed down by China’s Cultural Inspection Bureau, which objected to several controversial works, such as Xu Tan‘s sexually explicit photo installation, Yang Fudong‘s The First Intellectual, and the notorious documentation “Eating People“, which showed artist Zhu Yu cannibalizing a dead infant.
“FUCK OFF 2” has no human body parts, but the angst of living in a repressive society is still a major concern for many of the Chinese artists and is prevalent in their works.
Even though the current exhibition will probably not be shut down by any governmental authorities, the museum still felt it necessary to post a warning: “The FUCK OFF 2 exhibition includes images that could be considered shocking.”
- Ai Weiwei
- Chen Yujun and Chen Yufan
- Cheng Li
- Deng Dafei and He Hai
- Double Fly Art Center
- He Chi and Xiong Huang Group
- He Xiangyu
- He Yunchang
- Huang Lin
- Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing
- Jiang Bo
- Jin Feng
- Jing Kewen
- Li Binyuan
- Li Songsong
- Liang Shuo
- Lin Zhipeng
- Luo Yang
- Ma Qiusha
- Ma Yi
- Mao Tongqiang
- Meng Huang
- Qin Ga
- Ren Hang
- Wu Huaying & Liu Xiaoyuan
- Wu Junyong
- Xi Mei
- Xia Xing
- Ye Haiyan
- Zhang Dali
- Zhao Zhao
- Zuoxiao Zuzhou
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