'Focus Beijing' from the de Heus-Zomer CollectionExhibitions / Rotterdam
14 June 2014 - 21 September, Tues-Sun 11am - 5pm
The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam will be putting the spotlight on Chinese contemporary art during the exhibition Focus Beijing, which consists of works from the collection of Henk and Victoria de Heus-Zomer.
About Focus Beijing
Focus Beijing will offer a revealing look at the work of two generations of Chinese contemporary artists.
With China's rise to economic prominence in the previous decade, the exhibition becomes all the more interesting and offers insights into how Chinese artists have (and are currently) engaged with politics and history while negotiating drastic socio-cultural changes.
Unique about this exhibition is the manner in which the pieces attempt to bridge the gap and dispel myths about Chinese identity and artistic practice.
While art darlings such as Ai Weiwei have risen to icon status, this exhibition presents works by his compatriots, who remain largely unfamiliar to the West, including names that resonate with the Chinese public such as Zhang Dali, Wang Guangle and Hai Bo.
The work of artists growing up the 1950s and 1960s (Zhang Dali, Zhang Xiaogang, Hai Bo and Ai Weiwei) will be compared with those growing up in the 1970s onward (Qiu Xiaofei, Wang Guangle and Liang Yuanwei).
Through their works, the marked difference in Chinese society pre- and post- China's Open Door Policy becomes evident.
Zhang Huan, Memory Doors Series (“Writing”), 2006, Collection De Heus-Zomer
Thumb photo: Zhang Dali, Forbidden City, 1999, Collection De Heus-Zomer
Zhang Xiaogang, Girl, 2008, Collection De Heus-Zomer
About Henk & Victoria de Heus-Zomer
Cattle-food entrepreneurs, the de Heus-Zomers only began collecting art in 1989.
Their initial forays into the art world were more for aesthetic reasons ("filling white walls"), but their hobby of collecting soon became a passion.
It was via their travels to China for work that their fascination for the contemporary art scene in Beijing grew. During these trips, the couple would take the time to visit the artists and their studios in search of new acquisitions.
They would go on to acquire works by world famous artists such as Ai Weiwei, Marlene Dumas, Anselm Kiefer and Karel Appel.