Spotlight on a New Generation: Contemporary Chinese Artists

Duration: February 6, 2020 — November 1, 2020

Venue: Cleveland Museum of Art 

In the past century, China has experienced profound transformations, such as the emperor’s abdication in 1912, the founding of the Republic of China (1912–49), the Communist takeover under Mao Zedong in 1949, the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), and the establishment of economic reforms after Mao’s death in 1976.

Today, China is among the world's most rapidly developing economies, emerging as a global leader in sectors like renewable energy, artificial intelligence, and green technology. Its significance in the art world is also on the rise, with Chinese contemporary artists garnering international recognition.

The artworks displayed here are crafted by artists residing in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States. All these artists pay homage to traditional media and artistic practices, such as ink on paper or silk. However, they push beyond historical limits by experimenting with novel formats, techniques, and subject matter.

Xu Bing's work, Square Word Calligraphy: Quotations from Chairman Mao, was showcased until November 1st, 2020.

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Xu Bing, Square Word Calligraphy: Quotations from Chairman Mao, 2000. Ink on paper. 

Set of four hanging scrolls, each panel: 97 5/8 x 27 1/4 inch

© Xu Bing Studio.