First Commission of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative

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Wang Jianwei in his studio, Beijing, 2013. Photo: Xiao Mi, courtesy the artist

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum announced today the selection of Beijing-based artist Wang Jianwei as the first commissioned artist for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim Museum. Launched in early 2013, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim Museum has been established to expand the discourse on contemporary Chinese art by commissioning Chinese artists to create major works that will enter the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection and to present a series of exhibitions in conjunction with scholarly publications, notable lectures, and education programs.

Wang Jianwei has been commissioned to produce a multimedia installation comprised of sculpture, video, and painting—promising an immersive, rich, and complex environment. The thematic, conceptual, and formal parameters of the commission will be developed over the next year, and the work will be presented to the public in fall 2014 as the first of three exhibitions for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim Museum that will explore contemporary Chinese art within a global context.

Recognized throughout Asia and Europe for his bold experiments in conceptual, multimedia, and installation art, Wang Jianwei links live performance, theater, and film production to sculpture, documentary photography, and figurative and abstract painting. His highly innovative, masterfully formal, and subtly complex practice engages with the most topical issues of social and political life in China today. The exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, organized by Dr. Thomas J. Berghuis, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art, will be the artist’s first solo museum show in North America.

Read more in the full media release.

Wang Jianwei in his studio, Beijing, 2013. Photo: Xiao Mi, courtesy the artist