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Guggenheim Museum Presents New Art from Greater China

Sun Xun (b. 1980, Fuxin, Liaoning Province) Mythological Time, 2016 (details) Two-channel color HD animated video, with sound, and ink, graphite and acrylic on mulberry bark paper Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection, Acquisition in process © Sun Xun

Sun Xun (b. 1980, Fuxin, Liaoning Province)
Mythological Time, 2016 (details)
Two-channel color HD animated video, with sound, and ink, graphite and acrylic on mulberry bark paper
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection, Acquisition in process © Sun Xun

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Tales of Our Time, an exhibition featuring eight newly commissioned, large-scale works by artists born in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan. This is the second exhibition of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative, a long-term research, curatorial, and collections-building program at the Guggenheim Museum.

Sun Yuan (b. 1972, Beijing) & Peng Yu (b. 1974, Jiamusi, Heilongjiang Province) Can’t Help Myself, 2016 Industrial robot, steel, rubber, visual-recognition sensors, acrylic wall with aluminum frame, and food-grade fiber with water Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection, Acquisition in process © Sun Yuan & Pen Yu Photo: Courtesy the artists

Sun Yuan (b. 1972, Beijing) & Peng Yu (b. 1974, Jiamusi, Heilongjiang Province)
Can’t Help Myself, 2016
Industrial robot, steel, rubber, visual-recognition sensors, acrylic wall with aluminum frame, and food-grade fiber with water
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection, Acquisition in process © Sun Yuan & Pen Yu
Photo: Courtesy the artists

Though diverse in subjects and strategies, the works are united by the artists’ use of storytelling to propose alternative ways of looking at place. Working in drawing, animation, video, photography, sculpture, installation, and participatory intervention, the artists in the exhibition address the concept of geography and territory in ways as specific as where they are based or as big as China itself, which they see as a concept constantly being questioned and reinvented. These artists freely cross divides to examine the tensions between past and present, myth and fact, reality and dreams, rationality and absurdity, and individuality and collectivity.

The artists represented in Tales of Our Time are Chia-En Jao, Kan Xuan, Sun Xun, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Tsang Kin-Wah, Yangjiang Group, and Zhou Tao.

Tales of Our Time is organized by Xiaoyu Weng, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art, and Hou Hanru, Consulting Curator, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative. The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative is part of the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Initiative, directed by Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts. Kyung An, Assistant Curator, Asian Art, provides curatorial support. All commissioned works will enter the Guggenheim’s collection.

Zhou Tao (b. 1976, Changsha, Hunan Province) Land of the Throat, 2016 Installation with two-channel color HD video, with sound Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection, Acquisition in process © Zhou Tao

Zhou Tao (b. 1976, Changsha, Hunan Province) Land of the Throat, 2016
Installation with two-channel color HD video, with sound
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection, Acquisition in process © Zhou Tao

“Curators Xiaoyu Weng and Hou Hanru have taken a dynamic and collaborative approach, as they worked closely with the commissioned artists to explore the questions and insights that drive these art practices. We hope that these works will inform new understanding of global contemporary art through the lens of Chinese culture today,” stated Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. “The Guggenheim is grateful to The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation for its sustained commitment to this effort.”

“The artists represented in Tales of Our Time vary greatly in their practices and viewpoints,” says Xiaoyu Weng. “But they share a broad perspective, one that places China’s culture, history, and social reality in the context of the wider world. And like so many artists today, they register acute discomfort with the tension between the personal experiences of regular people and the dominant narratives and conventions of power.”

Tsang Kin-Wah (b. 1976, Shantou, Guangdong Province) In The End Is The Word, 2016 (detail) Six-channel video installation, with sound Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection, Acquisition in process © Tsang Kin-Wah

Tsang Kin-Wah (b. 1976, Shantou, Guangdong Province)
In The End Is The Word, 2016 (detail)
Six-channel video installation, with sound
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection, Acquisition in process © Tsang Kin-Wah

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