Internationally-acclaimed artist Cai Guo-Qiang returns to Doha to curate major exhibition at Al Riwaq gallery
Qatar Museums presents What About the Art? Contemporary Art from China, a major exhibition of 15 contemporary Chinese artists curated by the internationally acclaimed New York based Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang.
Presented by Qatar Museums under the leadership of its Chairperson, H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the exhibition is the major highlight of the Qatar China 2016 Year of Culture. It will run from 14th March to 16th July 2016 at the QM Gallery Al Riwaq, Doha.
Following the immense success of his solo exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Saraab, held at Mathaf in 2011, artist Cai Guo-Qiang returns to Qatar, this time as a curator, to present this large-scale exhibition featuring 15 contemporary Chinese artists and collectives born in Mainland China working in a variety of media: Jenova Chen, Hu Xiangqian, Hu Zhijun, Huang Yong Ping, Li Liao, Lian Shaoji, LIU Wei, Liu Xiaodong, Jennifer Wen Ma, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu, Wang Jianwei, Xu Bing, Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong and Zhou Chunya.
Cai Guo-Qiang has devoted three years to the curatorial research and development of the exhibition. Artworks exemplifying each artist’s unique artistic language and methodology are displayed in individual galleries, a curatorial approach further highlighting the distinctive creative pursuit of each individual participant. Their diverse bodies of works cross the media of painting, sculpture, installation, video, performance and interactive video game design. The installation includes striking pieces such as Liu Xiaodong’s paintings created on site, part of which is the portrait of the former Minister of Culture’s family representing three generations, a heretofore-unprecedented depiction of a local family by a foreign artist.