Beetles+Huxley, one of Europe’s leading photography galleries is to showcase the first UK retrospective of Beijing artist Wang Qingsong. The opening on September 22nd at their gallery will mark the start of a five week run.
Born at the start of the Cultural Revolution, Qingsong’s provocative and often humorous works comment on the overwhelming social and visual changes which have taken place in his native country over the last four and a half decades. Predominantly photography and film-based, his fascinating pieces are known for their massive scale, deep symbolism and careful staging, which can sometimes take several weeks and involve up to 300 extras.
Many of the artist’s large-format photographs, which have been shown in galleries and museums across the globe, including the International Centre of Photography (NY) and the V&A (London), also attract significant attention at auction. Qingsong also represented China in the Venice Biennale 2013.
Tsingtao are the proud sponsors of the exhibition and will be celebrating Wang Qingsong’s London launch with its authentic imported pilsner and the rarer, more exclusive 1903. The exhibition will run from 22nd September to 24th October at Beetles+Huxley, 3-5 Swallow Street, London. W18 4DE