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Exhibition Review

CHINA

Do you mind my art?

Public art in China

Val Wang


ZHAO BANDI, Panda Baby, 1999, photographs, each 90 x 140 cm.

When it comes to public art, Beijing artist Zhao Bandi sets a good example for both artists and the public. Since 1 May 1999, subway riders in Beijing have been confronted by public welfare advertisements unlike any seen before. Instead of being sternly directed to adhere to Deng Xiaoping's thought and to practise socialism with Chinese characteristics, they saw photographs of Zhao having conversations with his stuffed…

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