• Date
      2016.09.24 - 2016.10.26
    • Artist
      Cai Lei, Ji Lei, Kong Lingnan, Leng Guangmin, Liang Manqi, Lin Ke, Lou Shenyi, Qin Qi, Qiu Ruixiang, Song Yuanyuan, Shen Liang, Shi Hengbo, Tang Yongxiang, Tang Dayao, Wang Guangle, Xie Nanxing, Xu Xiaoguo, Yan Bing, Zeng Hong, Zhai Liang, Zhang Hui, Zhen
    • Curator
      Dai Zhuoqun
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Each to His Own

Li Wendong | Wei Xingye Collection Exhibition

Collecting is not only an adventure but another form of art; a simple, rugged path to the unknown. On this winding path leading into the distance, sometimes you arrive at a junction and must choose a fork in the road; in this way you move forward. Thus, collecting art is like a one-way street. To explore a collecting philosophy, collectors may be led towards the unknown. They have to become expert decision-makers and risk-takers. They may have access to all manner of information, but eventually, they have to make their own choices.
“One-way Street” is not only the topic of this exhibition but also a view put forward by Walter Benjamin about putting aside conventional ways of thinking as guided by concept and deduction. In a changeable and puzzling world, individual judgment becomes reliant on perceptual intuition. Rather than rational thinking, art collecting relies entirely on personal emotion and intuition. 
However, in a sophisticated, modern society, people usually follow prior experience and existing choices when making decisions instead of focusing on exploring the true meaning of the subject itself. The public convention of making a judgment is not a judgment in a real sense for the options, so the choice made by the judgment is not the real choice. Judgment and choice is merely based on the compliance of the greatest number of people by way of experience.
In fact, every person makes choices on the basis of their own unique instinct and emotion. In other words, every judgment, every choice of object is itself a one-way street.
Collections directly reflect the thinking and judgment of art exacted by the collectors who put them together. Great collectors are unafraid of being inventive and or of exploring new methods by following their own discretion, which also can be seen as the significance of collecting.

----- Dai Zhuoqun

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