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Press Release

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London | +44 20 7293 6000 | Matthew Weigman | matthew.weigman@sothebys.com Leyla Daybelge | leyla.daybelge@sothebys.com | Matthew Floris | matthew.floris@sothebys.com

SOTHEBYS LONDON UNVEILS ~ UNFOLDING LANDSCAPE ~ Curated by Janice Blackburn


THE FIRST WESTERN SHOW OF GRADUATES WORK FROM THE SCHOOL OF DESIGN CHINA CENTRAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

Gao Rongguo,Twins, photographic series

SOTHEBYS LONDON is pleased to unveil the line-up for Unfolding Landscape, a special selling exhibition of works by Chinas new generation of design talent, which will run from 2 nd to 8th November 2012. The first Western exhibition of graduate work from the Design School, CAFA - the prestigious China Central Academy of Fine Arts - is curated by tastemaker and design authority Janice Blackburn and will feature furniture, ceramics, jewellery, fashion and photography. Highlights of Unfolding Landscape include Gao Rongguos striking double photographic portraits of twins (pictured above); Hujo Yijins colourful heat-reactive tea trays; Qin Xue and Hu Kerens elegant acrylic furniture containing original Qing Dynasty wood carvings and Li Bowen and Liu Xiaoxuans ingenious dual-purpose rattan seating systems.

Professor Min Wang, Dean of the CAFA Design School commented: At CAFA we believe creativity is the soul of design and the fundamental purpose of design is to serve the people. We take as our mission to train large numbers of designers with creativity and an innovative spirit to help China to transform from Made in China to Designed in China and Created in China. Janice Blackburn said: This is an exciting moment to introduce Chinese design to a wider audience and I am delighted to bring Unfolding Landscape to Sothebys. Making my selections from the extensive range of work produced by CAFAs design school graduates was no small challenge, but I believe these young designers and photographers, on show together in the West for the first time, are producing highly innovative and exciting work, which bodes well for Chinas ambitions for its design industry. I am certain collectors and design enthusiasts will find Unfolding Landscape an immensely rewarding experience.

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

Professor Jiang Li, CAFA School of Designs Professor Of Furniture said: In teaching furniture design, traditional materials and crafts, such as wood, rattan, ceramic and lacquerware are compulsory for the students who are also encouraged to deal with contemporary design concepts such as sustainable ways of object-making and to explore experimental design in an effort to make usable objects of modern aesthetics with traditional materials and crafts.

Qin Xue & Hu Keren, acrylic chair with Qing Dynasty carvings

Li Bowen, Memory of Childhood, Dual-function seat/rocker

Gui Ying, Freeze, Wood and Resin Chair

Li Yongling, Flower Chair, stool

Huo Yijin, heat reactive tray (panels in the tray change colour when hot vessels are placed upon it)

Liu Xiaoxuan, String, Modular Seating

While contemporary Chinese art is frequently exposed in the UK, contemporary Chinese design is unknown, or at least unfamiliar to most audience in the UK, just like the scenery hidden in a scroll of Chinese landscape painting. Thus the title of the exhibition Unfolding Landscape is both a metaphor and an invitation in the sense that it invites the audience to unfold and discover the emerging landscape of contemporary Chinese design, just beginning to make its presence in the international stage. Professor Min Wang.

Kuang Da, Photography

Kong Fan Fan My Recyling, dress

Ge Wei, My 12 Months, Lacquer Box

Liu Xueqian, jewellery

Yin Xiangkun, pendant

Kong Fan Fan My Recyling, dress


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Zhang Kai, Photography

Yin Xiangkuan, Fish Pendant

UNFOLDING LANDSCAPE 2nd- 8th November 2012 Sothebys 34-35 New Bond Street London W1A 2AA

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