拆 the World

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Art / Beijing / Chinese Avant-Garde / Cultural Politics / East Asian modernity

那是艺术家的责任:震动我们的思想,批评形式,创新观点。 可观摩观摩! (徐在黑暗监狱座之外,当然)。

Apart from the Edward Wong story which is linked in the below picture, I’m not familiar with the case of artist Wu Yuren, nor have I seen his art in a gallery or otherwise.  In spite of that, I was pleasantly shocked by his artistic statement in the photo, where the character for “destroy/demolish” (probably one of the most ubiquitous sights in Beijing of late) is placed over a map of the globe.  Yes, indeed,  拆拆拆! 不妨拆全世界。 Might as well destroy the entire world…

Wu Yuren in Beijing, photo Du Bin for the NYT; click photo for link to Ed Wong's story

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Lecturer of Chinese history at University of Leeds, and Editor-in-Chief of SinoNK.com.

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