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Tales of Our Time
The exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York features newly commissioned works by Chinese artists united by the use of storytelling, to propose alternative ways of looking at places.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents Tales of Our Time, an exhibition featuring newly commissioned works by artists born in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan. 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 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.”
until 10 March 2017 Tales of Our Time
curated by Xiaoyu Weng and Hou Hanru, with Kyung An Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York