From left, Kan Xuan, Yu Hong, Sun Yuan, Peng Yu and Qiu Zhijie are in the Guggenheim exhibition “Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World.” The backdrop is Qiu Zhijie’s ink-on-paper “Map of Theater of the World,” commissioned for the show.CreditGilles Sabrie for The New York Times
Where the Wild Things Are: China’s Art Dreamers at the Guggenheim By JANE PERLEZ
BEIJING — The signature work at “Art and China After 1989,” a highly anticipated show that takes over the Guggenheim on Oct. 6, is a simple table with a see-through dome shaped like the back of a tortoise. On the tabletop hundreds of insects and reptiles — gekkos, locusts, crickets, centipedes and cockroaches – mill about under the glow of an overhead lamp.
The Japan Foundation Awards 2017 go to Alexandra Munroe, Frederik L. Schodt, and Andrej Bekeš
Since 1973, the Japan Foundation has annually presented the Japan Foundation Awards to individuals and
organizations that have made significant contributions to promoting international mutual understanding and
friendship between Japan and other countries through academic, artistic, and other cultural pursuits.
For 2017, the three recipients listed below have been selected.
The awards ceremony will take place at Hotel Okura Tokyo from 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 16. Further
details regarding the ceremony and commemorative lectures given by the recipients will be provided shortly.
■Alexandra Munroe (Senior Curator, Asian Art,and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)
<Introducing Japanese and other Asian contemporary art, from Yayoi Kusama to Gutai, to the world>
Please join us this Saturday, July 22, as I am honored with Cai Guo-Qiang at the Longhouse Reserve:
BOOM! THE COSMIC LONGHOUSE BENEFIT
Our treasured Honorees, Alexandra Munroe and Cai Guo-Qiang
Alexandra’s sweeping exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World will take over the New York Guggenheim this fall. Cai Guo-Qiang’s solo exhibition October opening at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow in September is directly followed by Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado: The Spirit of Painting in Madrid. (Since the Prado’s founding in 1819 this is will be the second solo exhibition by a living painter, following that of the late Cy Twombly). And though Nico Muhly’s new Met-commissioned opera Marnie (yes, as in Hitchcock) debuts this year, he too will join this cross-fertile LongHouse evening.
WOW! and BOOM! Yes, we may be treated to a delightful encounter with Cai’s explosion event on this summer evening.
At Jack’s request, you are invited to wear white to our Cosmic Evening.