Led by Dominique and Sylvain Levy, their promotion and pioneering of established Chinese artists, often rarely seen in European galleries, alongside emerging Chinese artists makes their evolving collection exciting and relevant. This work is underpinned by a commitment to archiving, researching and communicating the value of the work of this region.
Curated by dslcollection collaborator Martina Kopple Yang, the exhibition at Site Gallery presents contemporary art from Guangdong Province, formerly known as Canton. Located on the South China Sea, far away from the nation’s political centre, the area is known for its revolutionary figures and reform movements. Open to foreign influence, Canton became a laboratory for the Chinese Government’s economic reform after the Cultural Revolution in the 1970s. Artists from this region occupy an unusual position of being both marginal and pioneering. The works on display reflect upon the conceptual and ideological foundation of China’s rapid development and question underlying assumptions about ‘progress’.
Openness, the nomadic and a belief in sharing are ideas are central to the work of Cantonese artists. These concepts are also at the heart of the dslcollection.
Comprising five exhibitions and an international summit, Going Public will highlight some of Europe’s finest private collections of twentieth century and contemporary art.
The project brings together the collections of four leading art patrons:
Nicolas Cattelain (London)
, Dominique and Sylvain Levy (dslcollection, Paris)
, Egidio Marzona (Berlin),
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin).
Site Gallery and Sheffield Institute of the Arts Gallery at Sheffield Hallam University will present a survey of leading contemporary Chinese artists from the dslcollection.