Past Exhibition

28 Chinese

October 05–January 03, 2015

Cowden Gallery

Zhu Jinshi, Boat, 2012, Xuan paper, bamboo and cotton thread, 590 x 137 x 165 in. (1500 x 350 x 420 cm), Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Photography by Chi Lam

28 Chinese showcases works by twenty-eight contemporary Chinese artists in six San Antonio Museum of Art galleries. Drawn from the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, 28 Chinese is the culmination of the Rubell’s six research trips to China between 2001 and 2012. They visited one hundred artists’ studios, in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Xi'an, to select these works. The exhibition represents many of China’s best-known artists including Qiu Zhijie, Zhang Huan, Zhang Enli, and the provocative Ai Weiwei.

Zhu Jinshi’s enormous, suspended Boat, constructed of paper, bamboo and cotton thread, anchors the exhibition, and offers visitors a breathtaking poetic and immersive experience. Other works include paintings, photographs, sculptures, and video installations, many of which are politically relevant to Chinese social issues within the last decade or so. Materials abound in 28 Chinese from the more traditional use of wood, oil and acrylic paints, and bronze, to more surprising materials such as taxidermy animals, and clothing. This will be the first exhibition in Texas for many of these artists, all born between 1954 and 1986, stressing the contemporaneity of the exhibition. 

This exhibition is generously supported by the Koehler Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee,and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

Exhibition Gallery

red tattoo
Qiu Zhijie, TATTOO-2, 1994, chromogenic print mounted on aluminum board, 73 1/4 x 62 3/4 in. (186 x 159.5 cm), Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Photography by Chi Lam
spread, embroidery on canvas
Xu Zhen, Spread B-051, 2010, embroidery on canvas, 80 3/4 x 108 1/2 in. (205 x 276 cm), produced by MadeIn Company, Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Photography by Chi Lam
flies and honey on sitter
Zhang Huan, 12 Square Meters, 1994, C-print on Fuji archival paper, Ed. 1/15, 60 ½ x 40 ¾ in (153.7 x 102.9 cm), Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Photography by Chi Lam
Li songsong
Li Songsong, Comrade your temperature is back to normal, 2005, acrylic on canvas, 78 3/4 x 94 1/2 in. (200 x 240 cm), Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Photography by Chi Lam
op art purple, green, yellow
Li Shurui, I am not ready..., 2013, acrylic on canvas, 98 x 98 in. (250 x 250 cm), Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Photography by Chi Lam
Chinese characters
Qiu Zhijie, Memorial for Revolutionary Speech, 2007, sixteen Ink rubbings and cement cube, Ed. AP, ink rubbing: 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 in. (80 x 80 cm); cement cube: 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 (80 x 80 x 80 cm), Courtesy of Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Photography by Chi Lam

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