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REVIEWS

SEOUL

Arko Art Center

@What

New Contemporary Art from China

WANG WEI, Propaganda Pavilion, 2011, Mixed media, 170 x 1,200 x 260 cm. 

Courtesy Arko Art Center, Seoul. 


Exhibitions as exercises in cultural diplomacy have a contentious past and a somewhat tiresome present—numerous weighty shows promoting nations, cultures and pan-national bodies circle wearily around the globe at any given moment. “@What: New Contemporary Art from China” at Seoul’s Arko Art Center (AAC), in contrast, eschewed bulk and grandiloquence, making for a rather more successful expression of soft power and, thankfully, a considerably more enjoyable
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