Wang Jianwei: Time Temple

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Recognized throughout Asia and Europe for his bold experiments in new media, performance, and installation art, Beijing-based artist Wang Jianwei presents Wang Jianwei: Time Temple, the first of three commissions of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim Museum. The initiative, which launched in 2013, was established to advance the achievements of contemporary Chinese artists and expand the discourse on contemporary Chinese art by commissioning Chinese artists to create major works that will be exhibited in the museum and enter into its permanent collection.

Wang Jianwei’s work examines the contact between art and social reality. His highly innovative artworks consider space and time in elaborate ways: working from the notion that the production of artwork can be a continuous rehearsal, connecting theater, visual art, and film. Wang Jianwei: Time Temple is the artist’s first solo exhibition in North America. This exhibition comprises installation, painting, film, and a live theater production.

Each exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly publication, notable lectures, and education programs. This exhibition is organized by Thomas J. Berghuis, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art as part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Initiative.


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Wang Jianwei, Time Temple 4, 2014. Wood and paint. Two parts: one part 340 x 124 x 58 cm; one part 90 x 211.5 x 101.5 cm, dimensions vary with installation. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Collection. This work was created on the occasion of the commission Wang Jianwei: Time Temple, presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and made possible by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation 2014.102.1–2. All works by Wang Jianwei © 2014 Wang Jianwei, used by permission


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