Minsheng Talks Divide


Minsheng Lecture


Dai Jinhua, Su Wei


Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum

Intellectual History in the 1990s

Guest: Dai Jinhua, Su Wei
Date: 15:00-17:00 August 16, 2019
Venue: Multimedia Interactive Hall (1F), Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum
Co-host: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum & Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum

Since establishment, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum is dedicated to the archiving of China’s contemporary art after the Opening Reformation. In 2017, Minsheng Archive Centre (MAC) is set up in an attempt to build a systematic archive center for contemporary researches, through the help of institutes, media, and individuals. By far, MAC has collected 74 groups of basic archives. To make the best use of these accumulation, MAC is going to organize a series of events, including lectures, workshops, talks, etc., in the hope of promoting valuable researches.

Minsheng Talks

In this event we invite Dai Jinhua, Chinese professor of Peking University, and Su Wei, the senior curator of Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum. They are going to analyze the trends and floods happening in the 90s’ Chinese contemporary world of art and literature.
We can see a common emergent confrontation standing in front of various art forms, including film, documentary film, theater, literature, etc. What is their shared encounter? Through the ongoing discussions, what kind of clefts emerged? Do these clefts lead to the hiding debate about value and methodology? The two speakers are going to look into these questions through case studies, analyzing what today’s contemporary art practitioners are facing from the perspective inside and outside art industry. This talk is based on the 2018 exhibition “The Lonely Spirit,” held at Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum, whose publication The Lonely Spirit has been collected by Minsheng Archive Center.


About the Guests

Dai Jinhua

Dai Jinhua is from Beijing. Graduated from Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University, she was a professor at Department of Film Literature, Beijing Film Academy for 11 years. Since 1993,  
Dai Jinhua has been the professor in the Institute of Comparative Literature and Culture at Peking University. She is the leading feminist critic, cultural critic, and film critic in China. Dai is the author of more than a dozen scholarly books in Chinese, including Emerging from the Horizon of History (1989), Breaking out of the Mirror City (1995), Invisible Writing (1999), Scenery in the Fog (2006), and Gendering China (2006). Through her numerous publications and lectures, Dai Jinhua has gained the reputation of being the first feminist critic in China, the founder of film studies in China, the founder of cultural studies in China, and “China’s Susan Sontag.” Her works have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, and Korean. Her literary, film, and TV commentaries have addressed an expanding audience in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong over the last decades.

Su Wei

Su Wei is a curator and art critic based in Beijing. He is the Senior Curator of Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum. He participated in the 2012 Curatorial Intensive at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York. In 2014, he was awarded first place at the first International Awards for Art Criticism (IAAC). His curatorial projects include: 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (OCAT Shenzhen, 2012), “No References: A Revisit of Hong Kong Media and Video Art from 1985” (Videotage HK, 2016), “Permanent Abstraction: Epiphanies of a Modern Form in Escaped Totalities” (Red Brick Museum Beijing, 2016), “Crescent: Retrospectives of Zhao Wenliang and Yang Yushu,” etc. In 2015, he participated in the symposium “Dislocations: Remapping Art Histories” at Tate Modern, London. His recent work focuses on thick-deion of China’s contemporary art history, excavating its legitimate origins and rupturing nature.