Catherine Asquith Art Advisory
On display now @ The Whitworth Museum in Manchester, "The M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese Art from the 1970s to Now", an exhibition comprising 80 significant works by leading contemporary Chinese artists.
The works come from the collection of Uli Sigg, a Swiss businessman and later diplomat who began visiting China in 1979 and became involved in the nascent contemporary art scene. Having amassed what is now widely considered to be the world’s most comprehensive collection of Chinese contemporary art, in 2012 Mr Sigg gave the greater part of it—donating almost 1,500 works and selling 47 more—to the M+ museum of visual culture, which is due to open in Hong Kong in 2019.
M+ is displaying its art around the world until its own premises are ready. This particular show brings to life the art-making of early radicals through film footage of the landmark 1979 exhibition by the Stars Group of Chinese artists. Zhang Xiaogang’s “Bloodline Series” (1998) is a poignant reminder that family photo albums were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, and Wang Xingwei’s “New Beijing” (2001) lampoons China’s successful Olympic bid with a reworking of Liu Heung-Shing’s famous Tiananmen Square photo of wounded students.
Other artists in this exhibition include: Chi Xiaoning, Feng Guodong, Geng Jianyi, Hai Bo, Huang Rui, Huang Yong Ping, Kan Xuan, Liang Yuanwei, Lin Yilin, Liu Heung-Shing Liu Wei, Song Dong, Wang Guangyi, Wang Jin, Wang Keping, Wang Peng, Weng Fen, Xing Danwen, Yang Fudong, Yangjiang Group, Yin Xiuzhen, Zhang Peili, Zhan Wang, Zhang Wei, Zhang Xiaogang and Zheng Guogu.
“The M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese Art from the 1970s to Now” is at the Whitworth until September 20th, 2015.