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 on a 2001 trip to Beijing. 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 by early 2016 included almost 2000 works by more than 500 artists.
The Gallery building, a Rolls-Royce service depot in the 1940s, was completely refitted as an exhibition space. 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 the philanthropic Neilson Foundation. Admission is free.
White Rabbit’s summer exhibition is a heavy hitter indeed. Among the highlights of a huge show:
- Xu Zhen’s European Thousand-Armed Sculpture (2013–2014), in which massive classical sculptures align in the form of a Buddhist deity;
- Library (2008; pictured), Polit-Sheer-Form Office group’s overwhelming archive of all-blue books;
- He Xiangyu’s Tank Project (2011–2013), a replica of a Soviet-Chinese tank made entirely from hand-stitched leather;
- Liu Chengrui’s performance video Guazi Moves Earth (2008), in which the artist becomes a human excavator; and
- Flotage—Tectonics (2014), a translucent screen-printed “floating” wall by Shinji Ohmaki, our Biennale guest artist from Japan.
Also on show: works by Aaajiao (Xu Wenkai), Geng Xue, Guo Jian, Liu Chuang, Liu Jianhua, Liu Wei, Song Hongquan, Wang Lei, Yang Liming, and Taiwanese artists Ah Leon, Hsu Yung-Hsu, Huang Hai-Hsin, Lin Yen-Wei, Chou Chu-Wang.
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