M HKA has acquired the complete USEFUL LIFE for its collection in 2009, a key exhibition in the development of contemporary art in Shanghai. It features work of three internationally renowned Chinese artists: Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong and Yang Zhenzhong. USEFUL LIFE was made on location by the ShanghART Gallery during the 3rd Shanghai Biennial in 2000. This 3rd Biennial gave the artists for the first time hope for more openness from the government. It was the first biennal where foreign artists were admitted and where the government tolerated 'critical' work.
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The Problem of Colourfuln...
Xu Zhen, The Problem of Colourfulness, 2000. Photography, 3 x (90 x 120 cm), 193 x 55 cm, 193 x 100 cm, 6 x (90 x 61 cm).
On the Pillow
Yang Zhenzhong, On the Pillow, 2000. Photography, b/w photo, aluminium, 115 x 95 cm, 115 x 177 cm, 115 x 185 cm, 115 x 157 cm, 115 x 182 cm, 115 x 185 cm, 115 x 183 cm, 115 x 110.5 cm.