Art College 1994

Southeast Asian Premiere

LIU Jian China 2023 118 min PG13 (Some Coarse Language)

A defining zeitgeist of artists working on the brink of significant change in 1990s China.

1990s, China. A motley gang of Chinese art students fill their languid days with inchoate musings about aesthetics, philosophy and the promised ‘good’ life after graduation. Amidst idle moments and flashes of artistic inspiration, Xiaojun epitomises the quintessential romantic, fashioning himself in the image of grunge idol Kurt Cobain. His partner-in-crime, Rabbit, provides a stabilising anchor with his unfiltered wit, grounding their collective aspirations.

With a strikingly distinctive animation style, heightened by the resonant voiceovers of Bi Gan and Jia Zhangke, the film serves as a captivating lens through which we glimpse the inherent contradictions in a country presciently anticipating the imminent turn of the globalised millennium.

3 Dec, Sun 5:00PM / 118 min

National Museum Singapore, Gallery Theatre


Screening are free seating & first-come, first-serve basis. All ticket purchasers are kindly asked to be on time and note the 10-min grace period.

Plus, a new Rush Queue for last-min folks!

Art College 1994


LIU Jian





118 min

PG13 (Some Coarse Language)

Southeast Asian Premiere

LIU Jian

LIU Jian is a Chinese filmmaker and animator. Formally trained as a landscape painter, he has since developed a multi- disciplinary practice across numerous mediums. His previous film, Have a Nice Day (2017), won Best Animation at the Golden Horse Awards. Art College 1994, his third feature, premiered at the Berlinale.

DONG Zijian
ZHOU Dongyu
Huang BO
WANG Hongwei
JIA Zhangke
BI Gan
Kevin TSAI

YANG Cheng

LIN Shan
LIU Jian


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