The Intellectuals' Utopia: The Prospect and Dilemma of Art Intervention in Chinese Countryside

Li Yang

Abstract

China’s modern village construction shows a distinction between economy-led modernization and humanities-led modernity. Following early cultural rural construction and social movements such as the Village Construction Movement, the New Year Painting Movement, the Farmer Painting Movement and intellectuals going to the countryside, there are also many cases of the independent intervention of artists in the countryside today. Art intervention in the countryside is not the artist’s choice to enter the countryside to live and create, but to participate in the cultural construction of the countryside as an intellectual with a sense of social responsibility. Artists protect rural cultural ecology that has been gradually lost, and they conduct interactive artistic exchanges with villagers in order to promote or inspire the modern humanistic construction of the countryside.


Key Words

Contemporary art, socially interventional art, artistic countryside construction, intellectual


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