The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, April 23, 2018

Chinese Tricycles Between Day to Day Culture and Art Intervention on View at Museum Tinguely
Tricycle, Beijing 2008 © Foto: Nils Fisch, Basel.

BASEL.- If the humble rickshaw was generally widespread in pre modern-day China, in the 20th century its place was taken by the three-wheeled cycle. This tricycle was to be found everywhere in Beijing (Peking), the capital city. Barely a crowded street, a market square, a shopping mile or entertainment district, or even scrap yards were imaginable without the ever-present tricycle. More than 30 of these vehicles were bought up by Littmann Kulturprojekte on the streets of Peking, some with their cargo, some without. The loaded tricycles were left in their original state, and the empty ones entrusted to various artists commissioned to re-think them and lend them an artistic content. The exhibition at the Museum Tinguely will present both groups of tricycles and have on display only one neutral tricycle – a used model, roadworthy, its former use indeterminate. Were Jean Tinguely to see this ensemble, the convergence of the words “China” and “Kinetics” (movement) would perhaps spontaneously lead him to coin the term “Chinetik”.

Exhibited on dais that raise them to the status of art objects, these tricycles that were formerly in use as commercial platforms (mobile “show windows”), as mobile kitchens, as animal cages, or as means of conveyance for various commodities (foodstuffs, household utensils, furniture, garbage) are now turned into museum pieces, representative of everyday culture in China. Next to these ordinary tricycles are those re-converted via artistic intervention. Various artists in the east (China) and in the West (Europe, USA) were commissioned to transform the neutral and empty tricycles according to their own concept. The sole condition required of them was that the tricycles were to remain roadworthy; apart from that, they could give free rein to their fantasy. Amongst the artists approached were Wang Guangyi, Thomas Virnich, Ulrike Schröter, Peter Kogler, Daniele Buetti, Robert Rauschenberg, Guillaume Bijl, Stephen Craig. “Chinetik”, the exhibition, a collaboration between the Museum Tinguely and Littmann Kulturprojekte presents the first display of these projects by artists from China and Germany, from Belgium, from Ireland, from the Netherlands and Austria as well as from the USA and Switzerland alongside original tricycles drawn from Chinese daily life, complete with their original freight.

Tricycles are disappearing from the street scene in Chinese cities due to the increase in affluence brought about by globalisation and especially an even greater surge of modernisation in Beijing thanks to the Olympic Games in 2008. In the mid-1990s tricycles were still to be seen everywhere. By 2008 they had become a rarity. What will be the role of the tricycle in the China of tomorrow? No more than a museum piece caught between day-to-day culture and art project?

Today's News

February 11, 2009

MoMA Displays Installation of Reproductions at Atlantic Avenue/Pacific Street Subway Station

Columbia Museum of Art Presents Major Retrospective Exhibition of Painter Cleve Gray

Exclusive UK Launch of Le Corbusier's Cabanon at the RIBA

Exhibition Presents Recently Acquired Paintings from Japan's Overlooked Showa Era

ARCOmadrid_2009 Opens Set on the Horizon of Moderation and Calm Forecast

Fundacion Juan March Opens Tarsila do Amaral's First Solo Presentation in Europe

Chinese Tricycles Between Day to Day Culture and Art Intervention on View at Museum Tinguely

MACBA Presents the Largest Exhibition in Spain of the Brazilian Artist Cildo Meireles

Sotheby's to Exhibit One of the Greatest Privately Held Libraries in the World

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller: Opera for a Small Room to Open at Carnegie Art Museum

Work by Idaho Artist Garth Claassen to be Shown at Boise Art Museum

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art to Present Duane Hopkins: Sunday

Revel in Rockwell at Detroit Institute of Arts American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell Opens March 8

Museum in Dresden Breaks New Ground with Presence in Second Life

SCOPE Foundation Lets Artists Take The Reigns

Freer and Sackler Galleries Celebrate Persian New Year March 7

Saint Louis Art Museum Announces Neoclassical Acquisition

Fine Arts Center Opens Exhibits of Contemporary and Historical Paintings

Plains Art Museum Announces All New Merchandising in Store

February 22 Lecture at the Clark Explores Toulouse-Lautrec's Fascination with Parisian Nightlife

Picturing History: Art and the American Presidency at the Nelson-Atkins

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

Related Stories

Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful