Now on view at the Chicago Cultural Center is The Big World: Recent Art From China. The exhibition focuses on art in various media by approximately 20 artists living and working in China today. “The Big World” alludes to the vast, almost unimaginable scale of contemporary Chinese art in the international art scene, but the title also references a large and storied Shanghai amusement park. The attraction became a general reference for Shanghai and China’s urban centers to the East by those in Western rural China. Various aspects of the changing Chinese landscape and daily life are analyzed in this selection of some fifty works by artists who range from emerging talent to fairly celebrated international artists.
The exhibition examines contemporary Chinese art’s dissemination to the world and museums’ interest in new art from China. Unlike several recent exhibitions based on private collections from the United States or Europe, this project engages directly with the artists in China. Beyond the “super stars” of the Chinese art market, this exhibition highlights the emerging artists of significant artistic accomplishment, including: Bu Hua, Chen Bo, Jin Shi, Liu Bolin, Liu Ding, Liu Wei, Ma Jiawei, Qiu Xiaofei, Rong Rong & inri, Shi Yong, Wang Chengyun, Wang Qingsong, Wang Wei, Xiong Yu, Yin Xiuzhen, Zhou Liang, Zhou Tao, Zhou Wenzhong, and Zhou Yi.