Liu Jianhua & Christian Dior

Posted in Arario Elsewhere, Liu Jianhua by arariogallery on December 2, 2008

Christian Dior and Chinese Art

On November 15, the exhibition Christian Dior and Chinese Artists opened at Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA). Artist Liu Jianhua, whose work was included in Arario New York’s inaugural exhibition Absolute Images, participates in this group show. His well-known ceramic installation “Daily Fragile: Starlight” is on view at UCCA through January 15, 2009.

From the UCCA website:

Conceived as a highly innovative project, this exhibition creates a dialogue between two continents and two different means of expression, contemporary art and fashion. A legendary name, synonymous around the world with haute couture, places itself as a source of inspiration for major Chinese artists…More than 20 specially commissioned works by these artists will be presented alongside the designs which inspired them, whether designed by Monsieur Dior, John Galliano, Kris Van Assche for Dior Homme or Victoire de Castellane for the Haute Joaillerie, [or] emblematic objects from the house’s perfumes and accessories. The perfumes are placed in a context whose strength extends beyond the era of their creation to project them into Dior’s present and future. A selection of creations, sketches and photographs from the Dior archives underlines the historical importance of a house that recently celebrated its 60th birthday, and highlights the key elements that remain a source of inspiration for the future. By allowing these Chinese artists to express [Dior’s] identity, [it] displays [a] capacity for reinvention in a contemporary world.

Other artists included in this show are Wang Du, Zhang Huan, Huang Rui, Li Songsong, Zhang Dali, Xu Zhongmin, Liu Jianhua, Zheng Guogu, Lu Hao, Wang Qingsong, Yan Lei, Zhang Xiaogang, Wen Fang, Shi Jingsong, Wang Gongxin, Quentin Shih, Liu Wei, Rong Rong & Inri, Tim Yip, Qiu Zhijie and Ma Yan Song. See installation images at

Post written by Arario New York’s, Lesley Sheng.

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