Cui Jie

Mar 17–Nov 2, 2023


Cui Jie. Salam Tower, Doha. 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 78 3/4 × 63" (200 × 160 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fund for the Twenty-First Century, 2021. © 2023 Cui Jie. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar
  • MoMA, Floor 3

Cui Jie’s Salam Tower, Doha was acquired in 2021, and this presentation is its debut at MoMA. The Salam Tower is a waterfront skyscraper that was built as part of Qatar’s redevelopment efforts after the oil crisis of 1979. In Cui’s otherworldly depiction, the building is interwoven with symbols from socialist monuments in China and Europe. It soars above but also seems to dissolve into the artificially saturated water beneath it. A leading member of the post-1980s generation of Chinese artists, Cui lives and works in Shanghai and focuses on painting, design, and the global histories of modernism, capitalism, and communism.

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