APT7 Cinema: Mountains and Waters: Chinese Animation Since the 1930S
8 Dec 2012 – 14 Apr 2013
Gallery of Modern Art & Cinema A
Following the inclusion of animation programs in APT5 'Japan Fantastic: Before and Beyond Anime' and APT6 'The Cypress and the Crow: 50 Years of Iranian Animation', the Gallery's Australian Cinémathèque presents a landmark retrospective of Chinese animation as part of the APT7 exhibition. 'Mountains and Waters: Chinese Animation Since the 1930s' features around 200 works of animation in techniques ranging from the use of ink-wash painting, shadow plays and papercuts, to puppetry and woodblock prints.
The program opens with profiles of contemporary artists and filmmakers whose works participate in this extraordinary tradition. Contemporary feature animations screen in January, while a highlight for February is a focus on animations from Hong Kong and Taiwan. From March to April, Mountains and Waters showcases classic works by the Wan brothers, who pioneered animation in China from the 1920s, as well as key directors of the Golden Ages of Chinese animation between the 1950s and the 1980s — Te Wei, Hu Jinqing, Jin Xi, A Da, Qian Jiajun and many others.
QAGOMA acknowledges the generous assistance in the presentation of the Mountains and Waters retrospective of the China Film Archive, Beijing; the Centre de Documentation sur le Cinēma Chinois, Paris; the Hong Kong Film Archive, Hong Kong; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong; the Chinese Taipei Film Archive, Taipei; Sunny Sun at A4 Contemporary Arts Center, Chengdu; Kiki Fong, Brisbane; Dr Leong Ko, Geng Liying, Huang Liwen, Li Bing, Liu Yamin, Sun Mei, Zheng Yujie at the University of Queensland, Brisbane; and the artists and filmmakers together with their representatives. Program curated by Kathryn Weir, Australian Cinémathèque.
List of Works
Contemporary Art & Animation in China The links between Chinese contemporary art and animation are very strong. A surprising number of artists are making works of animation, and often exploring through the animated moving image established artistic techniques and practices, from printmaking to ink wash painting, drawing and sculpture. This engagement with longstanding aesthetic traditions offers possibilities for artists to reflect on the relationship between art history, contemporary art and contemporary culture. The Mountains and Waters: Chinese Animation Since the 1930s retrospective opens with a showcase of recent animation by artists. The extraordinary richness of this field of contemporary practice is nourished by the historical strength and stylistic uniqueness of animation as an art form in China.
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