Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

Chen Zhen, Precipitous Parturition, 1999.
Pinault Collection, Paris © Chen Zhen.
Installation view: Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 6, 2017–January 7, 2018.
Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, 2017.

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Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

Organized by Alexandra Munroe, Philip Tinari, with consulting curator Hou Hanru

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2017

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World
October 6, 2017–January 7, 2018, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

May 11 – September 23, 2018, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
November 10, 2018 – February 24, 2019, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World surveys conceptual art practices and the culture of artistic experimentation during an era bracketed by the end of the Cold War and the Beijing Olympics of 2008, two decades characterized by the onset of globalization and the rise of a newly powerful China on the world stage. Writing in the New York Times about his pick for the year’s  Top Ten shows, critic Jason Farago reflects: “Building  a better future, together, is going to be arduous work that will require the intelligence, the ambition, and above all, the seriousness shown by exhibitions like these.”  The exhibition is organized by Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, at the Guggenheim, with guest cocurators Philip Tinari, Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing and Hou Hanru, Artistic Director of MAXXI, National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome. At the Guggenheim, Xiaorui Zhu-Nowell, Research Associate and Curatorial Assistant, Asian Art, and Kyung An, Assistant Curator, Asian Art, provided research and organizational support. Archival research was developed in collaboration with Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong. The curators worked with an international advisory committee that met under the auspices of the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. The exhibition is accompanied by a 324-page scholarly catalogue and a range of integrated digital resources. 

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Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World is a major exhibition of contemporary art from China, featuring works from 71 artists and collectives employing a vast range of experimental mediums, including film and video, ink, installation, performance, as well as painting and photography. Spanning the years 1989 to 2008, arguably the most transformative period of modern Chinese and recent world history, the exhibition focuses on the work of Chinese contemporary artists responding to seismic shifts in their country and around the globe.

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World is on view October 6, 2017–January 7, 2018.

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