Guggenheim Names New Site-Specific Commissions for Chinese Art Initiative This Fall

The artists hail from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

Tsang Kin-Wah The Sixth Seal—HE Is Something That Should Be Overcome. You Are Something That Should Be Overcome, 2014 Courtesy the artist and Guangdong Times Museum © Tsang Kin-Wah Photo: Tsang Kin-Wah
Sun Xun, Magician Party and the Dead Crow (2013) Courtesy the artist and ShanghART Gallery, Beijing © Sun Xun

Sun Xun, Magician Party and the Dead Crow (2013)
Courtesy the artist and ShanghART Gallery, Beijing © Sun Xun

The Guggenheim Museum announced the names of five artists and a collaborative duo who have been commissioned to create artworks that will become part of its collection as well as an exhibition planned for the fall.

The selection was made through the museum’s Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative, which began in 2013.

Tsang Kin-Wah The Sixth Seal—HE Is Something That Should Be Overcome. You Are Something That Should Be Overcome, 2014 Courtesy the artist and Guangdong Times Museum © Tsang Kin-Wah Photo: Tsang Kin-Wah

Tsang Kin-Wah The Sixth Seal—HE Is Something That Should Be Overcome. You Are Something That Should Be Overcome, (2014) <br>Courtesy the artist and Guangdong Times Museum © Tsang Kin-Wah.
Photo: Tsang Kin-Wah.

The artists hail from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and include Chia-En Jao, Kan Xuan, Sun Xun, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Tsang Kin-Wah, Yangjiang Group, and Zhou Tao.

The works pictured below are previous projects by the artists.

Zhou Tao, Blue and Red (2014)Courtesy the artist and Han Nefkens Foundation © Zhou Tao

Zhou Tao, Blue and Red (2014).
Courtesy the artist and Han Nefkens Foundation © Zhou Tao.

The proposed works will span a range of mediums, including video, sculpture, installation, mixed media on paper, and “participatory intervention,” according to a release from the museum, which states that the practices of these artists “poetically balance politics and aesthetics.”

 

Yangjiang Group, Social Participation and Everyday Experiment with Calligraphy: A Project for Rome, 2015 Installation view: MAXXI, Rome, July 16–18, 2015 Courtesy the artists and MAXXI, Rome © Yangjiang Group

Yangjiang Group, Social Participation and Everyday Experiment with Calligraphy: A Project for Rome, (2015) Installation view: MAXXI, Rome, July 16–18, 2015.
Courtesy the artists and MAXXI, Rome © Yangjiang Group.

The exhibition, which is not yet titled, is slated to open November 4, and will show a sweeping view of the current contemporary art scene in China. Hou Hanru, consulting curator for the foundation, and by Xiaoyi Weng, the foundation’s co-curator of Chinese art, are organizing the show, which is directed by Dr. Alexandra Munroe, senior curator of Asian art.

According to the release, this second exhibition will continue the Guggenheim’s history of site-specific works jointly developed by artists and curators. The artists were selected through extensive research and studio visits and all share “a socially aware perspective,” according to the statement.


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