Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection opened last week at the Berkeley Art Museum in Berkeley, California. The exhibition includes 141 works by ninety-six different artists owned Mr. Uli Sigg, a Swiss businessman and art enthusiast, who holds one of the largest collections of contemporary Chinese artwork in the world. Mahjong demonstrates a span of Chinese history through the varied artworks (ranging in medium, subject matter, and aesthetic). The museum becomes a vessel for thematically separating ideas among the works, with six individual galleries, each dedicated to a different theme and subject. The exhibition is distinctive from other contemporary Chinese art exhibitions in that while includes works from the most popular Chinese artists of today, it also follows a history of artwork dating back to the 1970s (when China was in the midst of the Maoist Cultural Revolution).
The exhibition also includes film screenings of Chinese filmmakers (and artists), Ning Ying and Jia Zhangke. Mahjong will be on display at UC Berkeley’s museum until January.