Mad For Real

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Biography
Mad for Real (疯狂与真实) is an artist collective consisting of artist duo Cai Yuan (蔡元) and Jian Jun Xi (奚建军). The duo's practice is very much performance based, with strong themes of power and resistance that works alongside contrasting humour. 

Cai Yuan had originally studied oil painting at Nanjing College of Art, Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art, whilst Jian Jun Xi studied at the Central Academy of Applied Arts in Beijing and Goldsmiths College, however the two came together in the nineties to do performance, starting with the piece Two Artists Jump on Tracey Emin’s Bed (1999) at Tate Britain’s Turner Prize Exhibition.

The artist first showed work at the Centre as solo artists in the 'Journey's West' exhibition in 1994. As a collective they held a solo exhibition 'Happy and Glorious' at the Centre in 2004 and performed at the Vital Festival in 2006. 
 
Related Record Set
GB3451/OC/6/3/5 : 'Happy and Glorious', Mad for Real (Cai Yuan & JJ Xi), (2004 September 24 - 2004 November 21) (created)
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Xi, Jian Jun, (b. 1962), artist
Mad For Real

Cai, Yuan, artist
Xi, Jian Jun, (b. 1962), artist
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Cai, Yuan, artist
Mad For Real

Cai, Yuan, artist
Xi, Jian Jun, (b. 1962), artist
(is member of)
Related Events
Exhibition: 'Happy and Glorious' Mad For Real [Cai Yuan, JJ Xi], (2004 Sep 24 - 2004 Nov 21) (participated in)
Festival: 'Vital Festival 06', various artists, 2 November - 5 November 2006 (Held)
'Mad for Real Tea Party', 2004 Nov 5 (participated in)
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