Design Trust Feature Grant

Cao Fei: Blueprints Exhibition

Serpentine Galleries

Cao Fei is a Beijing-based artist and filmmaker, celebrated for her exploration into and engagement with the rapid globalisation, urbanisation and post-industrialisation of contemporary China. Using video, digital media, photography and VR, Cao Fei’s practice invariably considers the splicing and slippage of physical and virtual worlds, and her work intimates the unique possibilities of technology and individual agency within a collective future. This will be her largest exhibition in the UK to date and is a timely opportunity to promote her hyper-real and illuminating focus on modern-day China to a broad and diverse audience. Initially opening for Frieze Week in London with a huge influx of international visitors and continuing into 2020 and the Serpentine Galleries’ half century anniversary. The show represents the culmination of a long-standing relationship between the artist and the Galleries spanning over a decade and will be an undeniable cultural highlight of the season.

Exhibition information:
Date: 4 March – 17 May 2020
Open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Sunday, plus bank holidays
Closed on Mondays
Venue: Serpentine Galleries, London
Free admission

About the Partnering Institution:

Cao Fei was born in 1978 in the city of Guangzhou, in the Pearl River Delta Region. She is currently based in Beijing and is recognised as one of the foremost innovative and acclaimed Chinese contemporary artists. Her film work and installations mix social commentary, popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism, and documentary conventions. Her works reflect on the rapid and seismic changes that are occurring in Chinese society. Her work has been showcased at biennales in Shanghai, Moscow, Taipei, Istanbul, and the 15th & 17th Biennale of Sydney, Yokohama Triennale, and the 50th, 52nd & 56th Venice Biennale. She has exhibited her works and projects at Tate Modern, London; New Museum, Guggenheim Museum, and MoMA all in New York; and Fondation Louis Vuitton, Palais de Tokyo, and Centre Pompidou in Paris. She received the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) Best Young Artist Award 2006 and Best Artist Award 2016.