Exhibition

CHINESE WHISPERS 中国私语

MAK

He Xiangyu, The Death of Marat, 2011 Courtesy Sigg Collection © He Xiangyu

Jan 30 2019 to May 26 2019
Stubenring 5
1010 Vienna
Phone: 01 711360
Tuesday:
10:00-22:00
Wednesday - Sunday:
10:00-18:00
12,- / 9,- children free
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019
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Recent Art from the Sigg Collection

An exhibition by the MAK, Vienna in dialogue with the collector Uli Sigg and in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee

With CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection a comprehensive exhibition on Chinese contemporary art is coming to Vienna. Uli Sigg has been following the development of contemporary art in China since the late 1970s. In the mid-1990s, he started putting together the world’s most significant and representative collection of Chinese art. A business journalist, entrepreneur, and Swiss ambassador to China, North Korea, and Mongolia (1995–1998), he had the chance to take a look behind the scenes of the social and economic developments dedicated to both tradition and the future, as China’s vision of a new Silk Road shows. Cultural and sociopolitical values form the frame of reference of the MAK exhibition. The museum creates a discursive platform by contrasting works from the Sigg Collection with objects from the MAK Collection. This interplay highlights China’s contemporary art production as well as its aesthetic or iconographic references. The historical object becomes a vision machine for the contemporary.

Curator: Bärbel Vischer, Curator, MAK Contemporary Art Collection