Inside Out: New Chinese Art

Sep 15, 1998–Jan 3, 1999


In all parts of the Chinese world, the late 20th century is marked by momentous social, economic, and cultural change. Deeply rooted cultural assumptions and centuries—old visual traditions are being challenged by rapid modernization, changing political realities, and conflicting global, ethnic, and local identities. Inside Out: New Chinese Art will be the first major international exhibition to explore how these challenges have spurred artists in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, as well as artists who left China in the late 1980’s, to produce a remarkable stream of ground-breaking works.

Consisting of more than 80 works created between 1985 and 1998, this multi—faceted exhibition will encompass a significantly greater range of artistic media than any previous exhibition of contemporary Chinese art. It will include non-traditional forms such as installation, performance art and video, as well as more traditional media including ink on paper and oil on canvas.

Artists include Phoebe (Man Ching Ying), Xu Bing, Yan Binghui, Chu Chiahua, Kum Chi-Keung, Hou Chun-ming, Song Dong, Yung Danny N.T., Cai Guo-Qiang, Wang Guangyi, Wang Gong-Xin, Zhang Huan, Hong Hao, Chen Hui-chiao, Yuan Jai, Wang Jin, Geng Jianyi, Ren Jian, Wang Jun Jieh, Wang Jinsong, Kim Chi Keung, Fang Lijun, Xiao Lu, Shu-Min Lin, Ma Liuming, Wu Mali, Kang Mu, Zhang Peili, Wang Peng, Tsong Pu, Wen Pulin, Shu Qun, Li Shan, Chen Shun-chu, Ho Siu-kee, Tang Song, Wu Tien-chang, Liu Wei, Fang Weiwen, Lu Xiaogang, Zhang Xiaogang, Su Xinping, Yin Xiuzhen, Mao Xuhui, Cao Yong, Song Yongping, Zheng Yuke, Danny Ning Tsun Yung, and Qiu Zhije, among others.

Inside Out is co-organized by the Asia Society of New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The traveling exhibition is presented in New York simultaneously at the Asia Society and at P.S.1. Bus transportation is available between the Asia Society and P.S.1 every Sunday during the exhibition.


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