Light before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art 1974-1985

We will make the English tour of this exhibition (details below) at 2:30PM.

And get a drink in the neighborhood afterwards.


Light before Dawn: Unofficial Chinese Art[masked] presents a revealing look at the creative spectrum of China’s most influential contemporary artists from three different artist groups of the period: Wuming (No Name), Xingxing (Star), and Caocao (Grass Society). More than one hundred artworks, including a significant number of paintings and sculptures, will be on view, together with ephemera and personal items.
Wuming, Xingxing and Caocao were formed by like-minded artists in Beijing and Shanghai during the 1970s. Spanning two generations, the artists never ceased to create artworks, sometimes working quietly and even secretly, until the Communist Party’s decision to relax restrictions on artistic practices in 1985. Between the pivotal years of 1974 and 1985, the young members of Wuming, Xingxing and Caocao sought to resist the proliferation of official art by innovating through new interpretations of nature, abstraction and ink painting. Crossing the boundaries of subject matter and style, they often questioned, re-evaluated and redefined the forms, the nature of beauty and the art of China. Works in the exhibition trace the beginning of modernism in the post-Mao era. The exhibition aims to shed light on the little-known artwork of this era, which helped to set the stage for the emergence of a contemporary art movement in China and also on the global scene.
Please find below the docent-led tours schedule that will begin on May 17.

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  • Jonathan L.

    Thanks for organising. Very interesting tour :-)

    1 · July 28, 2013

  • Renee P.

    Hi Cosmo I'm running late, will be there about 3pm

    July 28, 2013

  • Pussy C.

    Hi Cosmo, I was brining my aunt & cousin fm abroad to attend this art event and my mom turned up to be going too!! Alexandra mentioned she was given a ticket fm u during the movie for this event, so is tickets required?

    July 28, 2013

    • cosmo

      You need to get tickets at the door. We went to a movie event at the same place on Sat so we can get into the exhibition for free

      July 28, 2013

  • Lau Siu Chun, C.


    July 28, 2013

  • Alexandra S.

    Cosmo, i don't feel good this morning. So I won't join your guys this afternoon.

    July 28, 2013

  • YY L.

    Thx Cosmos for organizing this art tour, is it about 2 hours? Any interest if we go to the Animation/Comics/IT Game Expo at Convention Centre afterwards? :)

    July 27, 2013

    • cosmo

      For both questions: It depends on the group's interest :)

      July 27, 2013

  • Fu

    Like traditional stuff, hi:-)

    July 25, 2013

  • Hing

    What time will this finish ? Thx

    July 25, 2013

    • cosmo

      You are free to leave at any time. We'll get a drink in the neighborhood afterwards

      July 25, 2013

  • Rochelle


    July 12, 2013

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