New Women, by Qingsong Wang. On display at the Getty Museum.

The Getty Museum is currently hosting an exhibit that displays two contrasting views of China: Felice Beato’s 19th century depictions of China during the Opium Qar, and modern Chinese artists’ work. The photos are hung next to each other, and are meant to be complements. Felice Beato captured the carnage of war, as well as the everyday life of cities like Beijing and Guangzhou. The work from modern Chinese artists (artists who managed to flourish after the end of the Cold War) depicts a new China, one that has grown rapidly in the last twenty years, and will continue to do so.

This exhibit will run until April 24, 2011.

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