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MAO GOES POP: China Post 1989

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


01 Jun 1993 to 15 Aug 1993


Ah Xian, Cai Jin, Ding Fang, Ding Yi, Feng Mengbo, Fu Zhongwang, Gu Wenda, Guan Wei, He Sen, Hong Hao, Li Shan, Liu Dahong, Liu Ming, Liu Wei, Pan Dehai, Song Yonghong, Sui Jianguo, Tang Song/Xiao Lu, Wang Guangyi, Wang Jianwei, Wang Jingsong, Wang Ziwei, Wei Guanqing, Xia Xiaowan, Xu Bing, Yu Youhan, Zhang Peili, Zhang Xiaogang

Guest Curators:

Chang Tsong-zung & Li Xianting

About the exhibition

MAO GOES POP: China Post 1989 was a major international group exhibition of contemporary Chinese artists who were involved in the avant-garde movement of the 1990s. The exhibition was curated by Chang Tsong-zung and Li Xianting, and originally presented in a different configuration with the title China’s New Art, Post 1989 at the Hong Kong Arts Centre in February 1993. The exhibition subsequently toured in a reduced form to Sydney, Melbourne, Vancouver, and five venues in the United States.

In its original form, the exhibition included over 200 works by 51 artists, including paintings, sculptures and installations. It sought to present a coherent view of the cultural sensibilities of the Chinese avant-garde movement in the post-Tiananmen era. Works explored the disillusionment and cynicism of many in Chinese society at the time, and emphasised the power of art as a force for social change and creative response.