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New Middle Kingdom at Royal Liver Atrium


new-middle-2.jpgA late reminder that this excellent show ends on Friday 4 July 2008.

New Middle Kingdom‘ is in the atrium of the Royal Liver Building – 11 June to 4 July.
Its sponsored by Tilney Private Wealth Management (Deutsche Bank) and Royal Liver Assurance.

It is curated by Anthony Francis as part of the Red Mansion Foundation collection.
Red Mansion Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, which promotes artistic exchange between China and Great Britain through exhibitions, exchange programmes, publications and the Red Mansion Art Prize. It houses the best of Chinese visual art within a 4,500 sq ft space in its gallery at 46 Portland Place London.

The exhibition features works by 8 Chinese artists: Liu Bolin, Wang Ningde, Xu Zhongmin, Wu Xiaojun, Zhang Dali, Cui Gotai, Hu Liu and Chen Shaoxiong.

In the picture above you can see Bryan Biggs and Paul Smith almost struck by lightning – not real lightning of course its a long neon tube by Wu Xiaojun, which flashes on every so often – very effective.

Also pictured here is ‘Some Days no. 7’ by Wang Ningde, one of a few really interesting photographs.

Liu Bolins work ‘CCTV’ is fascinating, he stands still in front of objects on the high street and is painted (in this case by the curator) in such a way that he is camouflaged and nearly invisible, therefore very difficult to pick up on CCTV.

The other artists work are very good too and you get to see the Liver Building atrium, so try and take a look before Friday!