Imagined Worlds and Supernatural Beings in Contemporary Chinese Art

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Vowing not to attain Buddhahood until all are salvaged from Hell 3, 2008, Bu Hua, pigmented inkjet print, (D) 100 cm. Cropped. White Rabbit Collection, Sydney

Imagined Worlds and Supernatural Beings in Contemporary Chinese Art

followed by Lunar New Year Supper

Imagined Worlds and Supernatural Beings in Contemporary Chinese Art

Luise Guest

For millennia, Chinese artists depicted supernatural beings who inhabit worlds beyond our own. Today, artists such as Bu Hua, Lu Yang, Tianzhuo Chen, Geng Xue, Zhou Xiaohu and Qiu Anxiong continue this tradition, with a very contemporary twist. This talk introduces artists from the White Rabbit Collection of contemporary Chinese art whose work examines the spirit worlds of contemporary China.

Luise Guest is Manager of Research, White Rabbit Collection at Dangrove, a new position established in November 2015. Her book Half the Sky: Conversations with Women Artists in China (Piper Press, 2016) was a result of five years of research, and conversations with more than 30 female artists in Beijing and Shanghai. Her current PhD research focuses on the work of four female artists who subvert traditions of ink painting and calligraphy.

Lunar New Year Supper – bring your family and friends to join us after the lecture to celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Korean favourite hot stone Bibimbap (rice mixed with meat and assorted vegetables). Supper will be at 8.00pm at Danjee Korean Restaurant (1-7 Albion Place, a few blocks from the lecturea at SMSA).

How to Book: Please make all bookings and payments in advance. No refunds. Book via email to Chris Manning ( or call Chris on 0412 686 025.

How to Pay:

1. By bank transfer (with “your name Spirit1” as reference):

The Asian Arts Society of Australia

BSB: 012003

Account: 218528414

2. By credit card or Paypal via this website – see booking button above right.


4 February, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
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Sydney Mechanics School of Arts
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