Beijing to Bondi

Posted: October 15, 2018 / News

With Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi just around the corner we are pleased to announce a very special partnership with the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), China’s foremost institution of modern art education. The exhibition will showcase eight sculptures from distinguished CAFA alumni and teachers, none of these leading Chinese sculptors have exhibited in Australia before.

Wang, Wei, Walking. Photo supplied by the artist.

“From the visually arresting large naked figure by Mu Boyan to the poignant snow covered bicycle in marble by Cao Hui this is a very impressive collection of work,” says David Handley, Founding Director.

The partnership between Sculpture by the Sea and CAFA extends to the 3rd annual Sydney Sculpture Conference, ‘Sculpture: A Universal Language’, which is presented by Sculpture by the Sea and CAFA. The conference will be held on Monday 5 November 2018 at the Sydney Opera House, with talks and panel discussions by leading international and local sculptors, educators, curators and collectors. Professor Lv Pinchang and CAFA’s most renowned alumni artist Professor Sui Jianguo, who exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in 2004 and 2012, will speak at the conference alongside keynote talks by leading Australian artist Hossein Valamanesh and Professor Paul S.C.Tacon of Griffith University, on the Aboriginal rock art of Sydney.

Sydney Sculpture Conference,  Sydney Opera House, Monday 5 November 2018.  Tickets to the conference are still available.


Or phone Sydney Opera House Box Office: +61 2 9250 7777


Full list of Chinese artists exhibiting at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018

  • Zhang Wei, Vice Director and Professor in the Sculpture Department at CAFA, will exhibit Layer of Mountains, a six metre long sculpture of a mountain chain.
  • Yu Fan, Vice Director and Professor in the Sculpture Department at CAFA, whose sculpture will emulate the form of a horse’s reflection on water;
  • Artist Cao Hui, who graduated with a PhD from CAFA in 2014, is exhibiting a bicycle in marble after it has been left exposed to the snow;
  • Architect and teacher at CAFA’s Public Art Studio, Hu Quanchun, will exhibit the sculpture Draw Houses and Make Houses, a collaboration with primary school students in Hunan, who drew houses from of their local area before it was demolished, with the aim of helping to preserve their memory of the area;
  • Jiang Jie, Professor of Sculpture at CAFA, is exhibiting The Butterfly Dream, a three metre sculpted butterfly form in copper that will be placed on Tamarama beach;
  • Professor, Dean and PhD Supervisor at CAFA, Lv Pinchang, will be exhibiting Space Plan, a sculpture depicting the remains of a spacecraft orbiting the earth;
  • Mu Boyan’s large naked figure to be sited at the end of the South Bondi headland titled Bank, is inviting visitors to sit with the piece to empty their minds; and
  • Director of the First Studio of CAFA’s Sculpture Department, Wei Wang, will exhibit Walking, a stunning five metre tall bronze sculpture of a walking man.


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