The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China

On view November 14, 2020 - February 21, 2021

In the 1980s and 1990s, many Chinese artists experimented with a wide range of unconventional materials to make art. These experiments – with plastic, paper, silk, ash, and even tobacco – constitute a major trend that distinguishes contemporary art from other art traditions and practices in China. Curated by renowned art historian Wu Hung and Orianna Cacchione, Smart Museum Curator of Global Contemporary Art, the exhibition presents objects and spectacular large-scale installations from these artists, who are among the most important artists working today. This exhibition is co-organized by Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Smart Museum of Art with Wrightwood 659, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum.