San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is hosting  an exhibition of art titled “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World.” On view through February 24, 2019, the exhibition is an interpretive survey of Chinese experimental art in the context framed by the rise of globalization and the country’s rise as a world power.

The selection of works at the exhibition spans from 1989 that marks the student protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989 through the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The exhibition showcases works by over 60 artists and artists’ groups that predicted, chronicled, and agitated for the complete social transformation of China and saw the rise of the country as a global power in the new millennium.

“The exhibition examines conceptually based performances, paintings, photographs, installations, videos, and socially engaged projects that question consumerism, authoritarianism, and the rapid development transforming society and China’s role in the world, placing their experiments firmly in a global art-historical context. The artists serve as both skeptics of and catalysts for the massive changes unfolding around them, and their work continues to inspire new thinking at a moment when questions of identity, equality, ideology, and control have pressing relevance,” writes SFMOMA.

The display, encompassing a variety of artistic practices, such as performance, painting, photography, installation and video art, explores the role  Chinese contemporary artists play in the process of the making of a new ‘global art scene.’

The exhibition is on view through February 24, 2019, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA.

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