THE MATERIALISTS ARE ALL ASLEEP

Lu Chunsheng, a retrospective, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
6th Feb 2008 – 20th April 2008
The Red Mansion Foundation, London, UK
Open Monday to Friday by appointment only

In February 2008 Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery curated a solo exhibition of Lu Chunsheng. Lu Chunsheng studied at China National Academy of Fine Art, and currently lives and works in Shanghai. Lu Chunsheng’s brooding films and photographs up to 2003 appear preoccupied with industrial-era and communist history. However, the stories told via his films are more mystic than nostalgic, and deal more in the narrative imagination than anything that could be verified. The young men who act out the scenarios employ only basic costume and no dialogue; the sets are more chosen for their symbolic or evocative importance than their actual historical relevance.