Guggenheim Museum selects Wang Jianwei as the first commissioned artist for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum announced the selection of Beijing-based artist Wang Jianwei as the first commissioned artist for The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim Museum. Launched in early 2013, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim Museum has been established to expand the discourse on contemporary Chinese art by commissioning Chinese artists to create major works that will enter the Guggenheim Museum’s permanent collection and to present a series of exhibitions in conjunction with scholarly publications, notable lectures, and education programs.

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative is part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Program directed by Dr. Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, and it is led by Dr. Thomas J. Berghuis, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Wang Jianwei is recognized throughout Asia and Europe for his bold experiments in conceptual, multimedia, and installation art—linking live performance, theater, and film production to sculpture, documentary photography, and figurative and abstract painting. His highly innovative, masterfully formal, and subtly complex practice engages with the most topical issues of social and political life in China today. The exhibition will be the artist’s first solo museum show in North America.

For general information, call 212 423 3500 or visit the museum online at: guggenheim.org

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