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Follow the Rabbit Taking stock of a collection and its reception through contemporary Chinese art

Apr 30 — Oct 29, 2023 | Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus, Austria

In the main exhibition 2023 "Follow the Rabbit" curated by Alexandra Grimmer, the Liaunig Collection shows a new side by opening the door to the Far East and presenting itself in juxtaposition with contemporary Chinese art. The Year of the Rabbit – according to the Chinese lunar calendar – is intended to invite visitors on a journey in which they follow the rabbit into its burrow in a quotation-like similarity to Lewis Carroll's tale "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" in order to engage with a new world there. 

In addition to the highlights of contemporary artworks from the Liaunig Collection, pieces by 28 Chinese artists will be integrated into the main exhibition and are intended to achieve a new way of looking at the museum’s own collection. Through a juxtaposition, in some cases of single or multiple works, each by an Austrian or European artist and a Chinese artist, a discourse is created – breaking down the conventional view from the perspective of Western aesthetics.

Some characteristics become more visible when juxtaposed with a Chinese work rather than when viewed in isolation or alongside works by contemporaries from the same culture. Other features find a complement in their forms when viewed in the new context. 
According to the criteria of five loosely chosen categories, individual snapshots will be picked out and illustrated in the exhibition. The selection of Chinese works from the period 2008 to 2022 reveals the multi-layered and dynamic development of visual art in China, which had to proceed much faster due to the history of the country, which opened up to the rest of the world only after the death of Mao Zedong in 1976. 

—  Alexandra Grimmer 

Press release

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