Published on the occasion of the exhibition held at Hayward Gallery, London, 7 September–9 December 2012.
'Art of Change: New Directions from China is the first major exhibition in the United Kingdom to focus exclusively on recent installation art from China. It includes outstanding historical examples by influential figures from the 1990s and early 2000s, as well as new commissions from some of the most innovative artists practising today in China — or anywhere else.[...] Art of Change: New Directions from China specifically spotlights installations that incorporate elements of performance, or that physically change in some way over the course of time. Whether incorporating organic processes or reflecting on the synthetic and artificial, many of the major works in the exhibition present us with scenarios that simultaneously embody a sense of stability and instability, the traditional and the new. While there are a few explicit references to recent social history, the principles of transition and flux that underpin these works indirectly bring to mind the particular dynamics of present-day Chinese society, where rapid economic and technological growth co-exist with political systems and cultural traditions that have resisted change.' - from Foreword by Ralph Rugoff, Director, Hayward Gallery
Includes essays on individual artists/groups. This catalogue also contains an excerpt of the in-gallery archive accompanying the exhibition, with a selection of key events, exhibitions, and performances from 1979 to the present day. List of works, artist biographies and further reading are provided.