American Debut of RMB City Opera at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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KANSAS CITY, MO.- RMB City Opera, an innovative video by contemporary Beijing artist Cao Fei, is shown in the Project Space gallery at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art until June 5. The work explores the ideas of play, romance, identity, and our global, inter-connected world through the use of Second Life, a virtual online community inhabited by avatars – imaginary characters created by their real-life masters. In Second Life, avatars socialize, develop businesses, and pursue educational and creative opportunities often related to art, design and architecture. They hope to find idealistic solutions to global problems. RMB City Opera premiered in Turin, Italy in 2009 as an experimental theatrical play. Its installation at the Nelson-Atkins marks its American debut. RMB City Opera’s virtual cityscape includes emblematic sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Beijing Olympic Stadium, the China Central TV building, Ne