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East meets west and fashion meets art at the Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art, Beijing, where a spectacular exhibition of Chinese contemporary art is inspired by the innovative creations of Christian Dior.

'Christian Dior and Chinese Artists,' the latest exhibition at the Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing, showcases a remarkable marriage of contemporary art and high fashion. Twenty Chinese artists, including established art stars Zhang Huan and Wang Qingsong, were commissioned to create pieces inspired by the Christian Dior fashion house. Jerome Sans, the director of the UCCA, organized for the artists to be flown to Paris earlier this to year to watch the Christian Dior catwalk show and examine the work of John Galliano, the label's creative director.

Back in Beijing, the exhibition opened on November 15th, with the resulting paintings, photography, sculpture and installations displayed alongside over one hundred pieces of Dior Couture that range from the influential "New Look" styles of 1947 to the latest creations by John Galliano.

The artworks include a photograph of a lavish reinterpretation of the Last Supper by Wang Qingsong; Light Bag, a 23-foot high version of the Lady Dior bag made out of florescent tubes by Li Songsong; U-walk, a mechanical catwalk by Xu Zhongmin; and a striking portrait of John Galliano by graffiti artist Zhang Dali. Other works were inspired by the façade of the Dior boutique on Avenue Montaigne, Paris, and a photograph of Mr. Christian Dior.

For fans of art and fashion, this exhibition – which runs until January 15th 2009 – is an essential visit for your next trip to Beijing.

Presented side by side, the sometimes socially provocative Chinese contemporary art sits at ease with the avant-garde creations of Dior Couture. Which makes this exhibition – which runs until January 15th 2009 – a must see for Beijing's art and fashion aficionados.

More info:
www.ucca.org.cn
798 Art District, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, P.O. Box 8503, Chaoyang District, Beijing
T. +86 (0) 10 8459 9269

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