23 January – 12 March 2013
Hua Gallery is delighted to host the first ever solo exhibition in London of Chinese contemporary artist Xu Yong, one of the creators of 798 Art District in Beijing. This show presents a retrospective of his photographic works 101 Portraits of Hutong which capture the ancient beauty of the historical narrow lanes, hutongs. This work has been collected by several renowned figures, perhaps most notably by George W. Bush, and continues to stir up interest between collectors.
One of the pioneers of 798 Art District in Beijing, Xu Yong through his photographic series 101 Portraits of Hutong witnesses the beauty of the traditional Chinese narrow lanes, hutongs, which have been systematically demolished in the name of rampant modernity. Once graceful and refined lanes, the hutongs are a symbol of Chinese ancient culture, and are rapidly vanishing due to the destructive process of Beijing's urban development. Learn more