White Rabbit Gallery for the “Big in China” Exhibition
Making it big in an Eastern country used to be a second choice for Western rockstars. Despite its multitude, the Chinese opinion was once considered inferior to established Western tastes. Yet China’s fast-paced transformation has turned the nation into a global powerhouse. These days companies, brands, and even nations from around the world all scramble to win the favour of Chinese consumers.
What does it mean to make it Big in China?
It is no easy feat to captivate the attention of over a billion wandering eyes and minds.
These artists show us that it is not simply brute force that drives a nation and its people. Rather, it is the grand and overarching narratives, outstanding creativity and unique art practices that have the power to move a population en masse.
Artists in Exhibition
DAI HUA, Wokao!, 2007, inkjet print, 228 x 114 cm
FENG MENGBO, Long March — Restart, 2008, video game installation, dimensions variable
FU XIAOTONG, Spiritual Mountain, 2015, Xuan paper, 380 x 656 cm (quadriptych
LIN YAN, Sky 2, 2016, ink, Xuan paper, dimensions variable
WU WEI, Behemoth No.12, 2020, paper on canvas, 150 x 150 cm
WU WEI, Hide No.2, 2020, paper on canvas, 183 x 156 cm
WU WEI, Behemoth No.9, 2020, paper on canvas, 120 x 90 cm
WU WEI, Possessed by Beast No.3, 2020, paper on canvas, 100.5 x 100.5 cm
COCA DAI, 100,000 People Watching Mobile Phones, 2011-20, 30 channel video
55 minutes 20 seconds
XU ZHEN®, In Just a Blink of an Eye, 2005, performance, dimensions variable
XU ZHEN®, Hello, 2018-19, silicon, stainless steel, resin, robotic mechanisms, 350 x 400 x 800 cm
XU ZHEN®, Communication (Bright, Impulsive, Awkward), 2019, resin, paint, 180 x 240 x 15 cm
XU ZHEN®, Communication (Unexpected Calm, Exciting), 2019, resin, paint, 180 x 240 x 15 cm
XU ZHEN®, Communication (Calm, Elegant, Naughty), 2019, resin, paint, 240 x 176 x 15 cm
ZHANG PEILI, The Front View of an Apartment Building, 2013, video, 24 minutes 8 seconds
CHOU CHU-WANG, Four Bliss Stones, 2014, oil on canvas, 4 pieces each 41 x 27.5 cm
CHOU CHU-WANG, The Hours, 2015, oil on canvas, 152 x 118.5 cm
HAN QINGZHEN, Night Wanderer 1, 2013, copper etching on mulberry bark, paper with paper collage, 91 x 92 cm
HAN QINGZHEN, Night Wanderer 2, 2013, copper etching on mulberry bark, paper with paper collage, 87 x 95.5 cm
HAN QINGZHEN, Night Wanderer 4, 2013, copper etching on mulberry bark, paper with paper collage, 48 x 48 cm
TANG NANNAN, Faith Mountain, 2015, video, 4 minutes 5 seconds
How do we draw the focus of so many unique individuals and make them move in unison?
Artist Xu Zhen® shows us how it’s done by transforming into a kind of snake-charmer — mesmerising viewers with his colossal, dancing, twisting Corinthian column. Tang Nannan submerges us with mountainous waves until we become, as the Zen saying goes, simply one drop in an endless ocean. Lin Yan humbles and unites us as mortals under her vast, textural sky. These artists show us that it is not simply brute force that drives a nation and its people. Rather, it is the grand and overarching narratives, outstanding creativity and unique art practices that have the power to move a population en masse.
About the White Rabbit Gallery
The White Rabbit Gallery was opened in 2009 to showcase what has become one of the world’s most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art.
Dedicated to works made in the 21st century, the White Rabbit Collection is owned by Judith Neilson, who was inspired to establish it after her first trips to Beijing in the late 1990s. She was thrilled by the creative energy and technical quality of the works she saw and wanted to share them with people outside China. She makes regular trips to China and Taiwan to augment the Collection, which now includes almost 3000 works by almost 750 artists and continues to expand.
The gallery building, a Rolls-Royce service depot in the 1940s, was completely refitted as an exhibition space by architect William Smart. Since the Gallery can house only a fraction of the collection at any one time, there are two new exhibitions a year, each involving a full rehang. For this reason, the Gallery closes during installations, usually in February and August.
The White Rabbit Gallery is a registered charitable institution funded solely by Judith Neilson. Admission is free.
Location/Address:30 Balfour Street
Chippendale NSW, 2008, Australia
The White Rabbit Gallery is conveniently located a short 10 minute walk from Central and Redfern train stations and the Railway Square bus terminal. We don’t have parking spaces available, but there is limited on-street 2 hour metered parking in the area. Alternatively, Broadway Shopping Centre has a car park offering the first 2 hours free of charge, it is also a short 10 minute walk from the gallery.
The closest disabled parking spots are at 71 Regent Street Chippendale and Myrtle Street Chippendale (between City Road and Paints Lane)
+61 2 8399 2867
Wednesday to Sunday