Li Mu, “51m2 #5,” 2010. Exhibition view at Taikang Space, Beijing. Courtesy Taikang Space
Taikang Space’s main manifestos are twofold: First, it works to build a collection with art historical significance for Taikang Life Insurance—a body of work covering representative works in the development of art history “from 1942 to 1976, and to the present.” In the future, Taikang Life Insurance hopes to build its own museum, which will provide the viewer with a comprehensive picture of the development of art during these periods. Second, Taikang Space aims to establish a platform of high academic context through its support and funding of practices and exhibitions by creative artists, to push forward the development of contemporary art in China. It will serve as a research platform that specifically follows case studies of representative artists to reflect shifting trends and developments in the contemporary art scene.
After our relocation, the new space will span more than 500 square meters, separated into two major exhibition halls, and expand its manifesto to “retrospect and inspire,” focusing on established and emerging artists. At the same time, we will be showing art projects by established artists, chronicling the development of art history (with photographer Wu Yinxian’s project), as well as focusing on young experimental artists in the contemporary art context (through our one-year program “51m2”). The works will encompass painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and video, among which our continuous focus on photography reveals our attitude toward experiments and explorations in media art.