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Exhibition Opening Event

17 February 2018 11:00 am - 17 February 2018 4:00 pm

Our new programme opens with a series of exhibitions, collection displays, events and learning activities. We present History Repeats Itself, a selection of artworks from the Middlesbrough Collection that enable us to tell stories about political events, from colonial histories, to issues related to identity, where gender plays a significant role.

Two solo shows from Chinese female artists are presented as part of NOW. Female artists have long been marginalised and left at the fringes of Chinese art historical debates and this partnership project addresses this. Artist Ma Qiusha explores the cultural gap between her own and preceding generations. Her exhibition examines themes of personal identity and collective memory, and includes two commissions. Shen Xin’s work addresses power relations, intertwining the personal and the political. Her exhibition features the Records of Rites (2014), a poetic inquiry into themes of cultural exchange and nationalism.

11:30am – 1:00pm             Curator-led tours

1:00pm – 2:00pm              Communal lunch (made with community interest company,

The Other Perspective, students from Teesside University and

members of the community)

1:00pm – 4:00pm              Learning activities

2:00pm – 2:30pm              Welcome speeches

2:30pm – 4:00pm              Panel discussion with Ma Qiusha, Shen Xin and Chunchen Wang, from the Museum at the Central

Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing


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