Artists from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan Commissioned to Create New Works for Guggenheim Collection and Fall 2016 Exhibition

Words by Elena Scarpa
March 25, 2016

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum announced the artists who have been commissioned to create works that will enter its collection as part of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative. Hailing from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, Chia-En Jao, Kan Xuan, Sun Xun, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Tsang Kin-Wah, Yangjiang Group, and Zhou Tao will produce works for a group exhibition opening on November 4, 2016 at the Guggenheim Museum.

Working in a range of mediums, including video, sculpture, installation, mixed media on paper, and participatory intervention, these artists are unified by their distinctive and independent practices that poetically balance politics and aesthetics. Featuring the new commissioned works, the Guggenheim presentation will offer a heterogeneous view of contemporary art from China and explore tensions between individual narratives and the constructions of mainstream history. The exhibition, the second of the initiative, will be accompanied by a catalogue and a robust offering of educational programs and public events with artists.

Launched in 2013, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative is the most recent of the Guggenheim’s initiatives to work with artists, scholars, and curators from around the world to bring intersecting regional and global histories of modernism and contemporary practices to the fore.

The second exhibition will continue the Guggenheim’s history of site-specific works developed in collaboration between artists and curators. The artists—who were selected after extensive curatorial research and studio visits—share a socially aware perspective, actively repositioning and challenging current dialogues about art from Greater China in an international context. The commissioned artists are: Chia-En Jao (b. 1976, Taipei), Kan Xuan (b. 1972, Xuancheng, Anhui Province), Sun Xun (b. 1980, Fuxin, Liaoning Province), Sun Yuan (b. 1972, Beijing) & Peng Yu (b. 1974, Jiamusi, Heilongjiang Province), Tsang Kin-Wah (b. 1976, Shantou, Guangdong Province), Yangjiang Group (est. 2002, Yangjiang, Guangdong Province), Zhou Tao (b. 1976, Changsha, Hunan Province).

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