Ai Weiwei curates rudely-titled Chinese art show
F*** OFF 2 is the sequel to the Shanghai show he staged in China in 2000
Ai Weiwei, art critic and curator Feng Boyi and chief curator of the Groninger Museum, Mark Wilson are the big names behind a new show with the rather provocative title of FUCK OFF 2. Why 2? we hear you ask. Well the exhibition is a sequel to FUCK OFF, the ground-breaking show staged in Shanghai in 2000 by Ai and Feng Boyi. That show was a reaction to the first Shanghai Biennale. The title was an interpretation of the closest translation of its Chinese name, Uncooperative Approach. Its participants however, preferred the tougher, English translation. The original show featured Ai Weiwei's Study in Perspective series in which he gives the finger to The Forbidden City, The White House and the viewer and which was instrumental in forging his activist credentials.
FUCK OFF 2, which includes 37 contemporary Chinese artists and artist groups, contemplates and questions the current sociological, environmental, legal, and political climate in China today. It takes place at the The Groninger Museum in the Netherlands, the museum which hosted the second solo museum exhibition by Ai Weiwei in 2008. It features work by a number of artists who feature in our forthcoming The Chinese Art Book, among them: Ai Weiwei, Cheng Li, Deng Dafei & He Hai, Double Fly Art Center, He Chi & Xiong Huang Group, He Xiangyu, He Yunchang, Huang Lin, Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing, Jiang Bo, Liang Shuo, Lin Zhipeng, Luo Yang, Ma Yi, Mao Tongqiang, Qin Ga, Ren Hang, Wu Huaying & Liu Xiaoyuan, Wu Junyong, Zhang Dali, Zhao Zhao, Zuoxiao Zuzhou.
If you can't make it to the Netherlands (or if you're concerned about the rather shocking nature of some of the images in the exhibition - we've picked the mildest for our story) you can get up to speed by buying The Chinese Art Book which features art from the earliest dynasties to the 21st century, juxtaposing brilliant work from all periods and creating fascinating combinations while allowing each work to stand on it's own. Learn more about it here. And while you're in the store don't forget to take a look at our Ai Weiwei monograph.