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Link Heaven and Earth —Sacredness rule of Time and Space Link Heaven and Earth —Sacredness rule of Time and Space Link Heaven and Earth —Sacredness rule of Time and Space Link Heaven and Earth —Sacredness rule of Time and Space Link Heaven and Earth —Sacredness rule of Time and Space Link Heaven and Earth —Sacredness rule of Time and Space Link Heaven and Earth —Sacredness rule of Time and Space

It is a great honor for Space Station toinvite the artists who have been doing anthropological research or fieldworkfor many years to participate in this exhibition planned by Fu Xiaodong, a seniorcurator. The exhibition, with Yuan Ningjie, an expert on cultural relics at theQin’an Palace of the Palace Museum, served as the academic consultant, includesnot only contemporary artistic creation transformed by traditional imagesymbols, but also video-recordings from field surveys, as well as handwrittencopies, masks, statues and paintings collected by the folk in the Qing Dynasty.The exhibition site is modeled on the ritual space in ancient China: all the hallsare symmetrical around the central axis, making the content and imagecorrespond in space. The internal logical order of the halls is allocated andconstructed in a new way, so that the small internal space corresponds to acosmic arrangement of heaven and earth. The inner circles and echoes betweenthe works of different authors combine into an organic whole, a new artificial Fengshui,transforming the works of art into the arrangement of honor guards, and the viewableexhibition space the usable space of ritual. This will be the beginning andforeword of a series of follow-up studies, with the aim of exploring the originof the universe and human beings in the exhibition. Nuwa’s image appearsrepeatedly as Nuo god and goddess. Mt. Kunlun or Mt. Sumeru has also become thesymbol of the origin of the virtual space in the form of the central origin ofthe exhibition hall.

The separation of heavenand earth is an order established in ancient civilization against the unity ofheaven and earth, the mixture of man and god, so as to achieve the unificationof politics and religion. The link between heaven and earth here is a metaphorfor the unity of heaven and man rather than the division of heaven and man,looking back on the era of natural philosophy in which heaven, earth and maninfiltrate and interact with each other, all things are animated by theuniverse and communicate with each other. The universal autonomy, breaking allkinds of artificial boundaries, is also a vivid metaphor for the future world. 

This exhibition isespecially grateful to Professor Patrice Fava of the Far East College, YuanNingjie and Lu Yanpeng for their generous loan of ancient private collections,which provide an accurate coordinate from a distant era for completing thiscollision across time and space. At the same time, I would like to thank TaoJin of the University of Chicago, Cao Zeyu of Nanjing University and the artistChen Hua who based in Fujian for their discussions and help in thiscross-border exhibition, as well as the support and collaboration of all theartists participating in the exhibition in order to match the particularitiesof it.


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