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What a Wonderful World: Visions in contemporary Asian art of our world today
March 24, 2012 @ 10:00 am - May 13, 2012 @ 5:00 pm| Free
The rapid economic growth that has occurred in Asia in recent years has brought about a variety of changes the like of which the world has never seen. Due to a surge in new construction, including redevelopment projects and high-rise buildings, and an influx of foreign capital that accompanied market activation, many Asian cities have undergone drastic changes. While extolling these magnificent cityscapes as tangible proof of the region’s newfound prosperity, people have also become aware of a variety of problems lurking in the shadows, including the disappearance of attractive landscapes from bygone eras, the threat to national culture, the widening disparity between rich and poor, and the destruction of the natural environment. In addition, the shift in the balance of global power that has arisen from unprecedented economic growth has triggered a greater interest in ethnic and gender-related issues, and highlighted disparate views of history and territorial conflicts.
Where exactly is the world headed? In this exhibition, which aims to address this question and consider what lies ahead of us, we present the work of seven internationally-active artists who have each developed a distinctive view of the “world” that is infused with humor and wit. Their work, which not only reflects reality but also idealism, provides us with a key to a world that is filled with hope and wonder.
Shilpa Gupta (Born in India in 1976)
Kuo I-Chen (Born in Taiwan in 1979)
Michael Lee (Born in Singapore in 1972)
Motoyuki Shitamichi (Born in Japan in 1978)
Tintin Wulia (Born in Indonesia in 1972)
Jun Yang (Born in China in 1975)
Chu Yun (Born in China in 1977)
Open until 19:00 March 27-April 5 and May 3
Closed Mondays (except April 30 when closed May 1)