China: Art film censored by cultural bureau

18 November 2016

On 7 November 2016, the Shanghai Cultural Bureau censored a film by artist Sun Xun at the private Minsheng Art Museum without giving a reason, reported The Art Newspaper on 8 November 2016.

A sign next to the empty screen that was to show Sun’s 2011 woodcut animation ‘Some Actions which Haven’t Been Defined Yet in the Revolution’ simply stated: “The work is unable to be shown as part of the exhibition due to non-technical reasons”. A museum spokesperson said no reason was given for the decision.

The film was part of group exhibition ‘Everyday Legend’ showcasing works by Chinese artists that look at Chinese traditions in contemporary art.

While Freemuse strives to verify incidents of violations against artistic freedom through multiple sources, on rare occasions, it publishes incidents from singular, trustworthy sources and alerts readers of the case. This incident of censorship in China was reported by The Art Newspaper, a reputable source for art news around the world, which was later re-reported by two other reputable art media organisations: Art Forum and Hyperllergic. For these reasons Freemuse decided to document this case of censorship.


» The Art Newspaper – 8 November 2016:
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