Chinese Art in Transformation
Opened September 25, 2020
Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing
Duration: Chinese Art in Transformation attempts to show how every moment that stretches is an absorption of the past, and the endless possibilities of the future are based on the past and the present. The exhibition presents painting, sculpture, installation, video, animation, and more from the 1970s to the present. Work by Hao Liang, Jia Aili, and Zeng Fanzhi is included.
Jia Aili, Untitled, 2011 © Jia Aili Studio. Photo: Yang Chao Studio
July 25–September 6, 2020
West Bund Museum, Shanghai
The exhibition includes more than a dozen works that nine contemporary Chinese artists created over the course of their respective “sabbaticals” during the covid-19 outbreak in an attempt to convey their unique perspectives on the world, and to evoke a sense of affinity, solace, resonance, and reflection. Work by Jia Aili and Hao Liang is included.
Jia Aili, Mountain and Line, 2020 © Jia Aili
March 17–June 18, 2017
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain
Juxtaposing contemporary elements with a traditional figurative style, Jia Aili’s postapocalyptic landscapes reflect the radical changes that have transpired in Chinese society in recent years. Awash in a palette of blacks, grays, and blues, the twenty-eight paintings in this exhibition depict lost individuals wandering in environments transformed by different technological advances, wars, and bombings, inviting viewers to reflect on the role played by human beings on this planet.
Installation view, Jia Aili, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain, March 17–June 18, 2017. Artwork © Jia Aili Studio
May 5–July 31, 2015
Palazzo Grassi, Venice
On view at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, this exhibition features six works, created between 2011 and 2015, that bear witness to Jia Aili’s innovative approach to painting. Jia grew up during the period of Chinese economic modernization and his disquieting compositions express the solitude of human beings facing technological progress: the characters are innocent and fragile creatures, searching for a history through the detritus of a dystopian world.
Jia Aili, Untitled, 2011–12 © Jia Aili Studio
Seeker of Hope
Works by Jia Aili
July 6–September 23, 2012
Singapore Art Museum
Seeker of Hope showcases Jia Aili’s dramatic reflections on the feverish pace at which the socioeconomic and cultural landscape of China has been transformed within the last few decades. The exhibition features approximately fifty artworks, including epic-scale oil paintings, video installations, and delicate works on paper.
Installation view, Seeker of Hope: Works by Jia Aili, Singapore Art Museum, July 6–September 23, 2012. Artwork © Jia Aili Studio