Major retrospective ‘Wang Qingsong: A Glorious Life’ opens in Seoul

A new retrospective exhibition of works by Wang Qingsong has opened at The Museum of Photography, Seoul. Wang Qingsong: A Glorious Life traces the development of the artist’s monumental output over the past two decades and seeks to situate the photographer as an indispensable figure in the discourse of contemporary art in China.

Born at the start of the Cultural Revolution, Wang Qingsong’s works comment on the overwhelming social and visual shifts that have taken place in his native country over the last four and a half decades. The exhibition includes major works from the photographer’s archive which comment on the impact of the post-Mao economic opening to the West, the arrival of global consumer culture in China, and the shortcomings of nation’s educational system. Wang Qingsong’s most recent work, The Bloodstained Shirt (2018), which highlighted concerns regarding land ownership and was staged in Detroit’s historical Chinatown last year, is also included in the exhibition.

A Glorious Life was conceived in 2018, when The Museum of Photography was invited to represent South Korea at the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival in Xiamen, and is the first large-scale exhibition by a Chinese photographer to be held in South Korea. The exhibition is at The Museum of Photography, Seoul from 1 June 2019 through 31 August 2019.

Wang Qingsong is represented in the United Kingdom by Huxley-Parlour Gallery.

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