Curators at the National Art Museum of China (in Beijing) know how to turn a show around. Every week, they put up at least four different exhibitions. Every week! So if you want to see the retrospective of Xu Xi, you better not dillydally. (Wonder if there’s a word in Chinese for dillydally…banned at the museum, of course.) From Aug 28-September 8, NAMOC is showing more than 150 works (paintings, sketches, inks) of the “level-1” artist’s work dating back to 1972. Xu Xi specialized in Chinese painting and sketches, particularly the view of South China, until she moved to the US. (Born in Hong Kong, she came to America to earn an MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst; many of her essays, written in English, are about Asia.)
If you happen to be at NAMOC, that precious first week of September, be sure to catch a peek at the exhibition “Interactive Perspectives – Contemporary Art Across the Taiwan Straits” which features 36 artists (18 from Taiwan, 18 from the mainland). Admission is free, but note: a maximum of 4,000 tickets are issued each day.
“Art Exhibition of Xu Xi,” photo: National Art Museum of China