Art and China after 1989: Theatre of the World

SFMoMA presents an extensive survey of an historical period of Chinese contemporary art


From November 10, 2018 until February 24, 2019
This November, SFMoMA presents Theatre of the World: Art and China after 1989 – an exhibition bookended by the student protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and the pageantry of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Featuring the work of more than 60 key artists and artist groups living in China and abroad, the exhibition will include over 100 works of photography, film, video, painting, sculpture, ink, performance, installations and participatory social projects.
Each will be organised into six chronological, thematic zones spread across the SFMoMA's contemporary galleries: 1989: No U-Turn; New Measurement: Analysing the Situation; 5 Hours: Capitalism, Urbanism, Realism; Uncertain Pleasure: Acts of Sensation; Otherwhere: Travels Through the In-Between; and Whose Utopia: Activism and Alternatives circa 2008.
Collectively, the areas look at the movements that put China at the centre of global conversation, examing how its artists have been key observers and agitators in creating the nation's global presence.
'Art and China after 1989 brings together a dynamic group of two generations of artists who were active during a transformative period within the history of China and Chinese art. This exhibition updates our audiences from where our watershed exhibition in 1999, Inside Out, left off and highlights the importance of continuing to challenge our assumptions about Chinese artistic traditions and the global impact that they and China have made on our world,' – Gary Garrels, Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture.
Art and China after 1989: Theatre of the World is on show at SFMoMA from 10 November 2018.