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BMCA group exhibition Myth, curated by Wei Xing, was held at the White Box Museum in Beijing between September 5th - December 31st 2015. The exhibition presented over 30 works of art by 26 artists, including video art, photography, installation, sculpture, painting and other forms of artistic expression. The exhibition sought to restore the spiritual and mysterious realm of primitive myths by creating unique interactions between the artworks in a dark space – it is an exhibition that inquires and reflects on the mythological phenomena in contemporary art today.

What is mythology? Mythology is the early system of beliefs of human civilization. The Dawn of Time in China and Genesis of the Judeo-Christian Traditions are both examples of creation mythology. Myths shape our understanding of the link between humans and nature. They also constitute the original memory of nations and human history.

Examples of individual events which have led to the formation of mythological memories include the cruelty and bloodshed of the French Revolution in the 18th century and the industrial revolution launched in Great Britain in the 19th century. NASA’s Apollo Project of sending a man to the moon was probably the biggest myth of the 20th century.

In today’s era of globalization, the internet, and hi-tech what will be the biggest myth of the 21st century? Will contemporary art become a major system of critical knowledge, and the origin of vital ideas and inspirations? Will it become today’s myth and legend?

In modern times the spiritual realm is diminishing and disappearing. The waning in philosophy and religion has been replaced by the prosperity of contemporary art, and the artists are seen as today’s magicians and prophets somehow possessing supernatural powers.

Myth, as an exhibition of contemporary art, not only reflects on the forms and content of contemporary myths, but actively engages in the creation of new contemporary mythology.

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