Gallery Visitor: Magic Realism for Tate Modern

Exhibition Title:  Magic Realism

Date:  12/10/2018

Exhibition Time: 30/07/2108 – 14/07/2019

Location: Tate modern art gallery


During the course of my previous art studies, I found three major changes in contemporary art, which the subject of chosen, the colour composition and the main focus of audience. However, with the development of research and investigation of contemporary art and my studio practice, I found that three changes are just limited the external forms of manifestation of contemporary art. As matter of fact, I think an extraordinary contemporary piece of art that really resonates with people will have an artist’s unique creation. According to my own experience, considering the influenced the artist’s creation, there are two views that influenced the artist’s creation: the social environmental have influenced the artist’s emotion at same time emotion has inspired artist to created their works, and the artist’s creation is influenced by the artist’s personal emotion.

In this exhibition, some of works were exhibited which the theme about war, and in the time of the war artists used their own artistic language to created their works to reflected  the war time, death, sad, weapon,   weakness, and even human culture how to destroyed… As for me I am interested  the artistic language and the realism so I think that exhibition is very useful for my development for artwork so this was reason why I went to their to made research.

Poster of the museum

Poster in museum
12/10/2018Magic Realism is realised with thanks to loans from The George Economou Collection, with additional support from the Huo Family Foundation (UK) Limited Curated by Matthew Gale, Head of Displays and Katy Wan, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern This exhibition has been made possible by The provision of insurance through the Government Indemnity Scheme. Tate would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity Let us know what you think #MagicRealism

In my point of view realism is art style or art group to reflect the social environment and inspired people to think how to change the world better to better. I think this is one of the reason  why Chinese government and some of Art college where in China moved even removed the realism to the high level. To be honest, I like realism too, and I would like use that to created  my own artworks especially connect with my own artistic language together, I would like reflect some of social environment  and something happened in our daily life to inspired people to think  about how do something to develop our life and  social better to better.


introduction in exhibition
12/10/2018Magic Realism’ was a phrase coined in the early 1920s by the German art historian Franz Roh. At a time of political and social upheaval, Roh felt that many German artists were turning away from the idealistic tendencies that prevailed before the First World War in favour The deep group recording of the everyday life through precise observation. The other group were the ‘verists’ who employed realism satirically to reveal the true nature of social inequalities. Could be traced across both approaches, including an eye for the uncanny and grotesque Certain subjects proved especially compelling for the Magic Realist artists. One was the circus – a setting associated with fantasy and imagination, where fear and desire took tangible form. The circus was Also seen as a space for outcasts and misfits, reflecting a wider preoccupation with social boundaries and taboos.

Everyone’s activities are inseparable from the group and belong to the society. People’s emotions are often influenced by the environment. They are interdependent and influencing each other, artists included. The social environment also affects artists’ emotion which inspired them to create artworks. When we think about the war the first time, atmosphere of tension, air raid warning, the fleeing crowed and even praying for peace which affect the artist’s emotion by these negative. Otto Dix (02/12/1891-25/07/1969) can be a great example of this, he was a Germany artist and after two world wars. Because of the cruelty to the war, his artistic creation was influenced by the war which used his artworks to expressed aversion to the war.

time line for realism in exhibition
time line of realism in exhibition

1918. In the last months of the First World War, German forces make a last-ditclh attempt to overrun the Western Front. An allied counter-attack leads to the collapse of German defensive lines. Mutiny in the German navy is followed by a widespread uprising Kaiser Wilhelm II is forced to abdicate A republic is declared. Armistice is signed on 11 November, ending the First World War. Artists who served at the Front during the War include Albert Birkle, Otto Dix, Carl Grossberg and Alexander Kanoldt. Max Beckmann George Grosz Both invalided after suffering breakdowns. Artists Franz Marc and Auguste Macke are among the dead. Radical artists form the November Group, in support of the German Revolution.                                                                                                                                            1919. Left-wing Separatist rising in Berlin and Munich fails. Communist leaders Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg are murdered. Friedrich Ebert, leader of the Social Democrats, is elected President of Germany, the nation’s first democratically elected head state Treaty of Versailles. For the war, and agrees to pay punitive reparations. German armed forces are reduced to a minimum. The Rhineland is demilitarised and Alsace-Lorraine returned to France. The humiliating terms of the treaty cause lingering resentment against the Weimar government.                                                                                         1920. Kapp Putsch: right-wing nationalists attempt to stage a coup in Berlin. It is thwarted by a general strike. George Grosz, Rudolf Schlicher and Otto Dix take part in the First International Dada Fair in Berlin. Robert Wiene’s film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari.                       …………..

Moon Women
oil paint on canvas


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