He Xiangning Art Museum is still among my favorite museums in Shenzhen. I’m still amazed by the quality of exhibitions they host. The latest is “Conforming to Vicinity — A cross-straits Four-region Artistic Exchange Project 2014”, which showcases thirteen artists from Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, and mainland China. Get it?
Starting from Macau then on to Pingtun in Taiwan (next stop HK), the exhibition has migrated to different cities and adapts to the style of the locale. Even though the mainland is less free than those other sovereign/pseudosovereign versions of China, I do trust that all art was being true to itself with minimal political pressure. No heavy-handed propaganda about Taiwan joining a harmonious union, all was subtle. Indeed, I believe cultural exchanges are great things in promoting overall peace.
There is a lot of meaning to these pieces. For more information go to hxnart.com or even better come in person and pick up the bilingual literature.
I thoroughly enjoyed and I recommend to tall. The museum is at OCT subway station, follow the signs. Free entry. Closed Mondays.
(Interesting sidenote, these pieces which utilize Mao’s image and juxtapose PRC & ROC currency would be the most politically sensitive material. I happen to know that photos of such weren’t allowed in at least one local newspaper. That’s China for ya; allowed to be exhibited in a subsidized museum but not allowed to be mentioned in the media)