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“Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World” at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC

By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - October 31, 2017

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

From October 6, 2017 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York features the exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World”.

cover: Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,  Installation view
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 6, 2017 / January 7, 2018
Photo: David Heald. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2017 

The exhibition is an overview on China’s contemporary art from 1989 to 2008, probably the most transformative period of modern Chinese and recent world history.
Through the artworks of two generations of artists, “Art and China” investigates how Chinese artists have been both critical observers and active agents of China’s emergence as a global cultural and economic presence; at the same, it presents their experiments as part of a global art-historical context.

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,  Installation views
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 6, 2017 / January 7, 2018
Photo: David Heald. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2017 

“Art and China after 1989” focuses on and highlights the conceptual and artistic achievements of 71 artists and collectives, of whom nearly 150 significant works – on loan from private and public collections across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, as well as from the Guggenheim’s collection – are on view in the New York’s iconic museum.
Encompassing a diversity of artistic practices over two decades, and organized into six thematic and chronological sections located into Guggenheim’s rotunda and two Tower Galleries, the exhibition showcases performances, paintings, photography, installations, video art, and socially engaged participatory art. Along with works of art, the exhibition features archival materials aimed to document and contextualize key moments and movements in this contested history.

Curated by Alexandra Munroe together with co-curators Philip Tinari and Hou Hanru, the exhibition “bracketed by years marked by transformational events within China and globally, surveys the culture of artistic experimentation during a time characterized by the onset of globalization and the eventual skepticism of its promised prosperity”.

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,  Installation views
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 6, 2017 / January 7, 2018
Photo: David Heald. © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2017 

 

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
October 6, 2017 to January 7, 2018

images courtesy of https://www.guggenheim.org/

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Wenda Gu
36 Vanishing Gold Section Pigments, 1991
Mineral pigment in 36 parts, overall trench dimensions: 3 m deep ×150 m × 7 m
Installation view: Exceptional Passage: Chinese Avant-Garde Artists Exhibition, former Kashii Rail Yard, Fukuoka, Japan, August 29–September 30, 1991. Photo: courtesy the artist

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Chen Zhen
Fu Dao/Fu Dao, Upside-Down Buddha/Arrival at Good Fortune, 1997
Steel, bamboo, resin Buddha statues, washing machine, computer monitor, tires, bicycle, fan, chair, household appliances, other found objects, and string, approximately 350 x 800 x 550 cm overall. Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Les Moulins/ Havana

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