Liu Jianhua is the leading Chinese artist who is known for large-scale installation works as well as intricate fibreglass and ceramic sculptures. Trained at the manufacturing section of the Jingdezhen Pottery & Porcelain Sculpturing Factory and later at the Fine Arts Department, Liu now teaches in the Fine Art Academy of Shanghai University.
In association with a parallel exhibition at nearby National Trust property, Oxburgh Hall, this show brings together his major installations, being the artist's first solo exhibition in the UK. 'Dream' is a combination of around 6000 broken white porcelain pieces and a video projection. While ceramic fragments present everyday objects such as car tires, computer keyboards and shoes, put in the shape of a space shuttle, the video shows the televised recording of the space shuttle Challenger's tragic accident in 1986. Mesmerised in the beauty and poignancy of the extraordinary installation, viewers will see the glimpse of human destiny in which dreams and aspirations are embedded with failure and disillusionment.
Liu's work has been exhibited at prestigious international art events such as Venice Biennale, Singapore Biennale and Shanghai Biennale and at art museums and galleries worldwide including Centre Pompidou, Tate Liverpool and Irish Museum of Contemporary Art. This exhibition is curated by Dr Sook-Kyung Lee, Curatorial Fellow in Cultural Diversity, and will tour other venues in the UK.