Oct 14, 2012 - Nov 27, 2012

THING——IN——ITSELF: UTOPIA, POP AND PERSONAL THEOLOGY  

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Wang  Guangyi Retrospective Exhibition 
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The exhibition consists of a retrospective section and a themed-exhibition section. The retrospective exhibition consists of four main segments, entitled “Imagining Cultural Utopia: the Logic of Creation”, “From Analysis to Pop: Correction and Requisition”, “Materialist Theology: Material and Form”, and “Thing-in-itself.” This section of the exhibition presents more than 40 representative works from the artist’s oeuvre stretching back to the 1980s, the exhibition will also present a large number of previously unreleased documents, such as plans, sketches, videos and photographs. The themed exhibition presents the large installation thing-in-itself, which Wang Guangyi created for this exhibition.

SECTION 1

CULTURAL UTOPIA:

THE LOGIC OF  CREATION (1984 - 1986)

Snow, 1984, 119x189 cm
Frozen North Pole No.25, 1985, 65x90 cm
Frozen North Pole No.28, 1985, 100x150 cm
The Back of Humanity A, 1985, 60x90 cm

The “thing-in-itself” is a central category in Kant’s philosophy and a core topic in the modern history of human thought. The thing-in-itself is the source and foundation of phenomenal and sensory matter, but it is also something unknowable, outside the boundaries of cognition. It has a-priori spatiotemporal form and a universal, absolute metaphysical nature. It is the dialectical correspondent to the “thing-for-us”. In contemporary art, the significance of this category is particularly embodied in expressions of the multifaceted relationships between things and words, materials and ideas, rationality and belief.

Post-Classical-Gospel of Matthew, 1986, 100x100 cm
Post-Classical-The Return of Tragic Love, 1986, 119x175 cm
Post-Classical-Death of Marat A, 1987, 117x167 cm
Post-Classical-Death of Marat B, 1987, 160x200 cm
Post Classical-Simultaneous Notification of Conception, 1986, 160x200 cm
Big Doll-Madonna and Child, 1988, 160x130 cm
Post-Classical- Back of Mona Lisa A, 1986

SECTION 2:

FROM ANALYSIS TO POP:

CORRECTION AND REQUISITION (1987 - 1996)

Red Rationality-Revision of Idols, 1987, 160x200 cm
Black Rationality-Purgatory Analysis A, 1987, 78x104 cm
Rationality in Common Behaviors
Black Rationality-Pathology Analysis, 1987, 70x95 cm
Black Rationality-Pathology Analysis-R, 1988
Red Rationality-Classical, 1988, 53x41 cm
Inflammable and Explosive Objects, 1988

Thing-in-itself: Utopia, Pop and Personal Theology – Wang Guangyi Retrospective Exhibition engages in academic research of Wang Guangyi’s art through the theme of “Thing-in-itself”, striving to present the historical dialectic nature of his artworks between rationality and belief, the vulgar and transcendental worlds, between politics and theology, while using the presentation of this typical case in Chinese contemporary art history to clear up the internal logic, image methods and situational influences of this period in history. The academic goal of this effort is to provide a Chinese-language critical case to the theoretical interpretation system of global contemporary art.

Passport No.2, 1995, 150x120 cm
Virus Carrier No.1, 1996, 150x120 cm
Visa on Black Background No.2, 1995, 100x100 cm
Great Criticism-Red Women's Army, 2005, 120x150 cm
Great Criticism-Red Parker, 1997, 200x200 cm
Great Criticism-Marlboro, 1992, 175x175 cm
Inflammable and Explosive, 1989, Installation, 60x50x35 cm
The Temperature Comparison Between China and America, 1990, Installation
Eastern European Landscapes, 2006, Installation with artificial fur, picture, wooden boxes, ect. 50x90x30 cm

SECTION 3:

MATERIALIST  THEOLOGY :

MATTER  AND  FROM (1997 - 2011)

VISA, 1994, Installation with artificial fur,picture,wooden boxes,ect. 80x120x60 cm (33 pieces)
Basic Education,2001, Installation with official Chinese anti-war ropaganda from the 1960s, construction scaffolding and military shovels.
Temperature, 2010, Installation with thermometers, 257x42 cm
Cold War Aesthetic-People Killing Virus-Carrying Insects, 2007-2008, Installation with colored fiberglass and video, 81x106x61 cm (per piece)

SECTION 4:

THINGS-IN-THEMSELVES (2011 - 2012)

Sacred Object, 2012, Installation with oilcloth, lime and sand, 80x120x1000 cm
Thing  in Itself 2012, materials: sacks of rice, rice bran, etc..
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