Gallery: Art Supermarket
Opening / Event Date: 21 Nov, 2019
Closing / End Date: 29 Feb, 2020
*Ma Desheng will be present on the May 31st celebratory reception and June 1st Artist’s Talk, more to follow.
THE STARS ART GROUP
Wang Keping and Ma Desheng immigrated to France in the mid 1980s where they currently live and work. In 1979 they were the leaders of China’s most pivotal art movements, The Stars. The Stars Art Group (Xing Xing星星) was a foundational movement of the contemporary Chinese avant-garde active in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Stars championed individualism and freedom of expression both in their work and public activities. Taking personal experience and social issues as their subject matter, they pointedly diverged from state-sanctioned Socialist Realism. The group’s members made history in 1979 when they defied government regulation and mounted an unofficial exhibition on the railings of the National Art Museum in Beijing. When officials closed the exhibition, the group staged a historic protest that became a rallying point for cultural openness. The group went on to stage a second public exhibition in the National Art Museum of China a year later.