Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

by Alexandra_Munroe on February 24, 2017

When 6 Oct 2017 – 7 Jan 2018
Where Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave
New York, NY, NY 10128
United States


Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World is a major exhibition of contemporary art from China spanning 1989 to 2008, arguably the most transformative period of modern Chinese and recent world history. The largest show of this subject ever mounted in North America, it offers an interpretative survey of Chinese experimental art framed by the geopolitical dynamics attending the end of the Cold War, the spread of globalization, and the rise of China. The arc of this international history, beginning with the crushed utopianism of the nationwide democracy movement and culminating in the conflicted euphoria surrounding the Beijing Olympics, provides the framework for the Guggenheim’s show. Theater of the World examines how Chinese artists have been both agents and skeptics of China’s arrival as a global presence, and seeks to reposition a Sinocentric art history in a way that sees China as integral to the emergence of the global contemporary.

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Announcement: Association of Art Museum Directors

by Alexandra_Munroe on February 23, 2017

Dear Association of Art Museum Directors [AAMD] members,

In the wake of new reports of the administration’s interest (see the NY Times piece, “Popular Domestic Programs Face Ax Under First Trump Budget“) in eliminating funding to the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, we wanted to remind you of the statement AAMD issued on January 19 in support of the federal agencies:

In response to reports that de-funding of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities is under consideration, the Association of Art Museum Directors has stated:

Funding for the NEA and NEH is very modest, yet this small investment benefits the nation in invaluable ways. The NEA and the NEH provide support for programs in every congressional district in our country—serving people young and old, and those from all walks of life and with different perspectives. It is the mark of a great democracy to support the arts, which are an expression of what makes us human. For these reasons, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) urges all elected officials who may be considering cutting funding to the NEA and NEH not to do so, and to sustain these programs which serve the American people.

Visit the AAMD original statement here.

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Dreaming Against the World

by Alexandra_Munroe on January 18, 2017


The film, Dreaming Against the World tells the story of Mu Xin, one of the most original yet largely unknown artists of our times.

While illegally imprisoned during China’s Cultural Revolution, Mu Xin risked his life to write and paint.  Against perilous odds he created an astonishing body of work that merged both East and West, the ancient and the modern, terror and transcendence.

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It was through his artistic faith that Mu Xin survived, while so many others did not.

A documentary portrait filmed on location in China and New York by OSCAR®  and Emmy nominated filmmakers Francisco Bello and Tim Sternberg, Dreaming Against the World celebrates Mu Xin’s incredible commitment to his artistic vision.

I am pleased to share that as of today, January 18, 2017 Dreaming Against the World is available for viewing online. For a live showing of the film, JOIN US TONIGHT for a screening hosted by Asia Society. Find more details and purchase tickets here.

Evening Screening and Discussion
Drink Reception: 6:30pm
Screening: 7:00pm
Discussion: 7:35pm
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We made Dreaming Against the World to help ensure that Mu Xin’s work and inspiring story are not lost to history. With your help we can ensure his legacy remains alive.

More news to come, stay tuned!

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Staff News: Gu Dexin Curated by Alexandra Munroe

by Alexandra_Munroe on November 16, 2016

By Nicholas Forrest
Originally published on

Since its first edition in 2009, Abu Dhabi Art has established itself as one of the region’s – and the world’s – most dynamic and innovative art fairs. Although relatively small in size compared to its international counterparts, Abu Dhabi Art punches well above its weight, attracting top galleries from around the world.

Organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), Abu Dhabi Art returns for its 8th edition in 2016 from November 16-19 at Manarat Al Saadiyat with a lineup of 40 galleries from 20 countries, exhibiting within the four different sectors of the fair: Modern & Contemporary, Bidaya, Beyond, and Gateway.

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[Premiere] How a ‘Scream’ of Post-War Japanese Art Pioneered Modernism

by Alexandra_Munroe on October 29, 2016

By DJ Pangburn
Originally published on VICE: Creators Project

These days, Japanese artists like Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami pull big crowds and even bigger price tags, but it wasn’t always so. Vibrant though it was, the Japanese avant-garde was relatively unknown to Western audiences for most of the 20th century. This began to change in 1996 when scholar and author Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Global Arts at the Guggenheim Museum, debuted the exhibition Scream Against the Sky, which featured work by Murakami, Lee Ufan, Cai Guo-Qiang, and others.

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