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The Great Chinese Art Revolution
is a documentary exploring how Chinese art has become a sought-after commodity
on the international market.
Suppressed and co-opted by Mao
, art in China was, for a long time, a subversive expression of discontent, starting with the Star(s) Group in 1979
and continuing with the "cynical realism" of the exiled artists
of the 90s.Once considered off-track and exotic, contemporary Chinese art has arguably achieved a peak, selling for millions at auctions across the world. In a time of great change, as China struggles to balance capitalism with communism, a new wave of modern art has found its voice.
The film features leading artists discussing their work, including Ai Weiwei: widely regarded as China's father of conceptual art and one of the designers behind Beijing's Olympic stadium, The Bird's Nest; and Zhang Xiaogang - possibly the best known and most collected of his generation.
The film's selling point is simply the art itself: a cavalcade of vivid, otherworldly images that will be new to many viewers.