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In our time: four decades of art from China and beyond

LAI In our time - four decades of art from China and beyond

In our time: four decades of art from China and beyond

19 Jan 2024 – 30 Mar 2024


Artists include: Ah Xian, An Kun, Aniwar Mamat, Cang Xin, Chen Man, Chen Qing Qing, Chen Wenling, Feng Yan, Gonkar Gyatso, Guan Wei, Guo Jian, Hua Jiming, Jhamsang, Jian Jun Xi, Jiang Shan Chun, Laurens Tan, Li Dapeng, Li Jin, Lin Chunyan, Ling Jian, Liu Bin, Liu Qinghe, Lü Peng, Luo Brothers, Qi Zhilong, Rose Wong, Jiawei Shen, Sheng Qi, Shen Shaomin, Shi Jianmin, Tan Yifeng, Wang Yawei, Wang Yufeng, Wang Zhiyuan, Xiao Lu, Yang Houxing, Yang Jinsong, Yi Ling, Zhang Hui and Zhao Gang.

Over a 35-year period beginning in the mid-1980s, Australian economist and diplomat Dr Geoff Raby AO assembled an outstanding art collection of artworks by more than 75 artists working in both China and in Australia, as members of the Chinese diaspora. In Our Time presents a selection of works from this special collection, now part of the La Trobe University Art Collection.

Through art imbued variously with humour, fantasy and sarcasm, the exhibition In our Time addresses diverse themes ranging from urban life, Chinese philosophy and cultural difference to social justice, human rights and nationhood. The represented artists work in media including painting, photography, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and textiles. This exhibition has been produced for the National Art School in partnership with La Trobe Art Institute.

Image: Chen Man, Ms Wan studies hard, 2011, photographic print on aluminium. La Trobe University, Geoff Raby Collection of Chinese Art. Donated by Dr Geoff Raby AO through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2019. © Chen Man. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Jia De.

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