Two exhibitions under the “Nine-Tiered Pagoda: Spatial and Visual Magic” project opened at the Pingshan Art Museum last weekend. The cross-disciplinary project invited nine groups of artists, nine architects and nine designers to form nine temporary teams to provide art for the exhibitions.
A scene at the museum. Photos from the museum's WeChat account.
A featured component of ancient Chinese architecture, the pagoda has a special structure, with each tier telling a different story. These stories, spaces, and designs are closely intertwined with each other into a superimposed whole, formulating the external image and spiritual core of the exhibitions. “Nine-Tiered Pagoda: Spatial and Visual Magic,” launched by curator Cui Cancan and architect Liu Xiaodu this year, is a hands-on project that mixes ideas, methodologies and tools.
Space and design are also a kind of recreation of the exhibitions and the works. They grant the exhibitions a myriad of variables and possibilities and determine how visitors see the exhibitions, in terms of sequence and pace.
‘Unity Is Strength: Solo Exhibition of Polit-Sheer-Form Office’
As the first project of “Nine-Tiered Pagoda,” “Unity Is Strength” is based on the works of Polit-Sheer-Form Office (PSFO), with architect Wang Zigeng creating the space and graphic designer Liu Zhizhi in charge of posters and other visual designs.
A scene at the exhibition.
PSFO is an art collective founded by artists Hong Hao, Xiao Yu, Song Dong, Liu Jianhua and Leng Lin in 2005. “PSFO was chosen because of their concepts and attributes. As one of the longest-standing art groups in China, PSFO embodies the values of combination and symbiosis through the increasingly integrated individuality and collectivity. PSFO not only represents a new model of organization and creation, but also a form and concept of ‘Unity Is Strength,’” said curator Cui.
The exhibition hall resembles the 1970s Chinese tube-shaped apartments consisting of washrooms, a canteen, projection rooms and a barbershop.
‘Display and Replay: Solo Exhibition of Li Qing’
As the second project of “Nine-Tiered Pagoda,” “Display and Replay” is based on the works of artist Li Qing, with architect Li Han creating the space and graphic designer Mei Shuzhi in charge of posters and other visual designs.
Works at 'Display and Replay.'
Last year, Li Qing held an exhibition at Prada Rong Zhai in Shanghai, where his work “Window” had a distinctive dialogue with the old residence, bringing the reenacted story back to its previous glory. His other window-themed exhibits are displayed in different times, with various states and fates. Some are carrying stories, some renewing hope and some just separating the distance.
“Li Qing was chosen because of the relationships between his work, architecture and design. Windows are naturally a part of a building. They themselves are also a kind of scenery. They are seen, experienced and observed because of ‘art.’ They represent the mode of this exhibition, with the space replaying and displaying the work, while the design summarizes and reconstructs the content,” said curator Cui.
“Similar to Li Qing, architect Li Han shares his concern for old and new buildings, urban and rural changes, and for different social groups. Li Han interprets the exhibition site as a building about to be demolished. All the buildings and archaeological sites record the fading history. Colorful tiles are decorating a dazzling dream,” said Cui.
Dates: Until Nov. 29
Hours: 9 a.m.-noon, 2-4:30 p.m., closed Mondays
Venue: Pingshan Art Museum, Huide Road, Pingshan District (坪山区汇德路坪山美术馆)
Transport: Take the high-speed rail from Futian Station or Shenzhen North Station to Pingshan Station and then take a taxi