Red Dinosaurs, Jurassic Age
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)
Red Dinosaurs. What is it? Towering next to the entrance of the UCCA is a three-storey cage holding three ferocious plastic dinosaurs. The piece is designed by Sui Jianguo, former professor of sculpture at CAFA. Branded with the words ‘Made in China’, the powerful and constrained dinosaur statues have clear political overtones. The expert opinion: ‘Best known for his iconic hollow Mao suits and red dinosaurs, Sui’s gigantic red T-Rexes are a tower of power, or a relic of a time gone by.’ James Elaine, founder, Telescope exhibition space. Time Out says: It may well have deep political meaning, but every time we see it we can’t help wanting to climb up that frame and a ride a T-Rex. Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), 4 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang district 朝阳区酒仙桥路4号.
Sui’s Red Dinosaurs or Jurassic Age series have also become a trademark of his work. These dinosaurs focus more on China’s recent exporting nature, allowing Sui to evaluate the contemporary Chinese export culture. According to 798 ART district the “Made in China” stamped on several of the dinosaurs midsection “relates directly to some topics on economical relations”. Sui intends to get the audience to consider who is making a product, where is it going, and why so. At the same time Sui sometimes cages the dinosaurs. When asked about this Sui stated that he was suggesting that China’s economic expanse in some ways is not so good for China, for the environment and human life… I don't want him to continue getting bigger”. The dinosaurs themselves are usually made out of fiberglass and can stand up to 310 cm tall. Sui Jianguo (隋建國, or Sui JianGuo), professor and ex-chairman of the Department of Sculpture in Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, is a contemporary Chinese artist.
The artist Sui Jianguo, Jurassic Age, 2006 designed these enormous toys highlighting the economic boom. Dinosaur toys are designed and made in China for the world.