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

Wang Guangyi Retrospective Exhibition

Today Art Museum

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.

Exhibition Scene, Unknown, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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"SECTION 1

CULTURAL UTOPIA:

THE LOGIC OF  CREATION (1984 - 1986)"

Unit Title, Wang Guangyi, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Snow, Wang Guang Yi, 1984, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Snow, 1984, 119x189 cm

Section 1, Exhibition Scene, Wang Guangyi, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Frozen North Pole No.25, Wang Guang Yi, 1985, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Frozen North Pole No.25, 1985, 65x90 cm

Frozen North Pole No.28, Wang Guang Yi, 1985, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Frozen North Pole No.28, 1985, 100x150 cm

The Back of Humanity A, Wang Guang Yi, 1985, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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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.

Section 1, Exhibition Scene, Wang Guangyi, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Post-Classical-Gospel of Matthew, Wang Guang Yi, 1986, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Post-Classical-Gospel of Matthew, 1986, 100x100 cm

Post-Classical-The Return of Tragic Love, Wang Guang Yi, 1986, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Post-Classical-The Return of Tragic Love, 1986, 119x175 cm

Post-Classical-Death of Marat A, Wang Guang Yi, 1987, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Post-Classical-Death of Marat A, 1987, 117x167 cm

Post-Classical-Death of Marat B, Wang Guang Yi, 1987, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Post-Classical-Death of Marat B, 1987, 160x200 cm

Post-Classical-Simultaneous Notification of Conception, Wang Guang Yi, 1986, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Post Classical-Simultaneous Notification of Conception, 1986, 160x200 cm

Big Doll-Madonna and child, Wang Guang Yi, 1988, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Big Doll-Madonna and Child, 1988, 160x130 cm

Post-Classical-Back of Mona Lisa A, Wang Guang Yi, 1986, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Post-Classical- Back of Mona Lisa A, 1986

"SECTION 2:

FROM ANALYSIS TO POP:

CORRECTION AND REQUISITION (1987 - 1996)"

Unit Title, Wang Guangyi, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Red Rationality-Revision of ldols, Unknown, 1987, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Red Rationality-Revision of Idols, 1987, 160x200 cm

Section 2, Exhibition Scene, Wang Guangyi, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Black Rationailty-Purgatory Analysis A, Unknown, 1987, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Black Rationality-Purgatory Analysis A, 1987, 78x104 cm

Rationality in Common Behaviors, Wang Guang Yi, 1988, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Rationality in Common Behaviors

Black Rationality-Pathology Analysis, Wang Guang Yi, 1987, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Black Rationality-Pathology Analysis, 1987, 70x95 cm

Black Rationality-Pathology Analysis-R, Wang Guang Yi, 1988, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Black Rationality-Pathology Analysis-R, 1988

Red Rationality-Classical, Wang Guang Yi, 1988, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Red Rationality-Classical, 1988, 53x41 cm

Inflammable and Expolsive Objects, Wang Guang Yi, 1988, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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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, Wang Guang Yi, 1995, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Passport No.2, 1995, 150x120 cm

Virus Carrier No.1, Wang Guang Yi, 1996, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Virus Carrier No.1, 1996, 150x120 cm

VISA on Black Background No.2, Wang Guang Yi, 1995, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Visa on Black Background No.2, 1995, 100x100 cm

Great Criticism-Red Women's Army, Wang Guang Yi, 2005, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Great Criticism-Red Women's Army, 2005, 120x150 cm

Great Criticism-Red Parker, Wang Guang Yi, 1997, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Great Criticism-Red Parker, 1997, 200x200 cm

Great Criticism-Marlboro, Wang Guang Yi, 1992, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Great Criticism-Marlboro, 1992, 175x175 cm

Inflammable and Expolsive, Wang Guang Yi, 1989, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Inflammable and Explosive, 1989, Installation, 60x50x35 cm

The Tempreture comparison between China and America, Wang Guang Yi, 1990, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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The Temperature Comparison Between China and America, 1990, Installation

Eastern European Landscapes, Wang Guang Yi, 2006, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Eastern European Landscapes, 2006, Installation with artificial fur, picture, wooden boxes, ect. 50x90x30 cm

"SECTION 3:

MATERIALIST  THEOLOGY :

MATTER  AND  FROM (1997 - 2011)"

Unit Title, Wang Guangyi, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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VISA, Wang Guang Yi, 1994, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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VISA, 1994, Installation with artificial fur,picture,wooden boxes,ect. 80x120x60 cm (33 pieces)

Basic Education, Wang Guang Yi, 2001, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Basic Education,2001, Installation with official Chinese anti-war ropaganda from the 1960s, construction scaffolding and military shovels.

Basic Education, Wang Guang Yi, 2001, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Temperature, Wang Guang Yi, 2010, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Temperature, 2010, Installation with thermometers, 257x42 cm

Temperature, Wang Guang Yi, 2010, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Cold War Aesthetic-People Killing Virus-Carrying Inescts (2007/2008) by Wang Guang YiToday Art Museum

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)"

Unit Title, Wang Guangyi, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Sacred Object, Wang Guang Yi, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Sacred Object, 2012, Installation with oilcloth, lime and sand, 80x120x1000 cm

Sacred Object, Wang Guang Yi, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Thing-In-Themselves, Wang Guang Yi, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Thing-In-Themselves, Wang Guang Yi, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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Thing  in Itself 2012, materials: sacks of rice, rice bran, etc..

Thing-In-Themselves, Wang Guang Yi, 2012, From the collection of: Today Art Museum
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