Material Art from China
February 7–May 3, 2020
Full Website Coming Soon
February 6–8, 2020
The Allure of Matter brings together monumental works that draw on a range of unique materials—from plastic, water, and wood to hair, gunpowder, and Coca-Cola. The exhibition explores how conscious material choice has become a symbol of expression for Chinese contemporary artists working over the last four decades.
Ai Weiwei • Cai Guo-Qiang • Chen Zhen • Gu Dexin • gu wenda • He Xiangyu • Hu Xiaoyuan • Huang Yong Ping • Jin Shan • Liang Shaoji • Lin Tianmiao • Liu Jianhua • Liu Wei • Ma Qiusha • Shi Hui • Song Dong • Sui Jianguo • Sun Yuan and Peng Yu • Wang Jin • Xu Bing • Yin Xiuzhen • Zhan Wang • Zhang Huan • Zhang Yu • Zhu Jinshi
In Chicago, The Allure of Matter will be co-presented at:
Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago
5550 S Greenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
659 W Wrightwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
The Allure of Matter is co-organized by the Smart Museum of Art with Wrightwood 659 and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum. The exhibition is curated by Wu Hung, Smart Museum Adjunct Curator, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, and Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago, with Orianna Cacchione, Smart Museum Curator of Global Contemporary Art.
The Smart Museum’s presentation of The Allure of Matter is made possible by support from Alphawood Foundation Chicago. Support for the exhibition and its catalogue has been provided by principal sponsors the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and by Lorna Ferguson and Terry Clark. Additional support has been provided by the Museum’s SmartPartners. The national tour of this exhibition is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.