“The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China”

“Material art, the expression of a concept or idea based on a specific substance, gained traction in China at the turn of the current century. In this exhibition, art historian and curator Wu Hung brings together thirty-five examples of the form from the past four decades.”

Material art, the expression of a concept or idea based on a specific substance, gained traction in China at the turn of the current century. In this exhibition, art historian and curator Wu Hung brings together thirty-five works from the past four decades, among them Cai Guo-Qiang’s gunpowder drawing Mountain Range (2006), an untitled 1989 plastic work 
by Gu Dexin, Gu Wenda’s massive installation of human hair, united nations: american code (2018–19), and Xu Bing’s “Tobacco Project” (1999–2011), drawings and installations reflecting the history of the tobacco trade.