The Garden of Perfect Brightness: The Atkinson, Southport, UK

3 June - 9 September 2023

Named after the Yuanming Gardens in Beijing’s Summer Palace, 'The Garden of Perfect Brightness' is an exhibition of new work and the culmination of research into geopolitical and historical events including the Opium Wars, the rise and fall of civilisations and the digital age.


Through a series of paintings and sculptures, viewers are invited to contemplate the rise and fall of civilisations in the age of globalisation. Complex interplays of destruction and renewal, natural and artificial, and the duality of the “in-between” Chinese Diaspora identity, are all brought to light in the backdrop of geopolitical and historical events, in our rapidly changing world where history is written by victors.


On the museum's Summer Exhibitions Launch Day, Gordon Cheung toured visitors through the show – introducing the exhibition and a closer look at his artistic process. Stay tuned for the recorded talk, and view photos here.