IMMA Work in Focus: Before the Appearance of the First Steam Engine

11 – 14 February


Chinese artist, Lu Chunsheng, graduated from China National Academy of Fine Arts in the mid-1990s. Based in Shanghai, his photographs and video works are strongly influenced by his surroundings, but unlike others of his generation such as Zhang Peili, Yang Fudong and Yang Zhenzhong, he does not focus on urban alienation. Instead, he documents human behaviour in bizarre situations. Filmed in black and white, his films cite political events filtered through the genre of film noir and detective movies, but the resulting narratives are always non-sequential and absurd – imbuing them with both an amusing Surrealism and a disturbing sense of fragmentation and alienation. He has exhibited widely in China, Europe and the United States. He is represented in the IMMA Collection with his film work Before the Appearance of the First Steam Engine, 2003. 

As part of Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year – Year of the Ox, you can experience his work through an excerpt from his film The first man who bought a juicer bought it not for drinking juice, 2008 and archive interviews with the artist. What’s more, we invite you to discover how an aerobics class at the University of Limerick responded to this work with artist Sean Taylor.

To view the Work In Focus, please click here

Image: Lu Chunsheng, Before the Appearance of the First Steam Engine, 2003, Video, Duration: 35min.27 sec., Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2004.

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