FANG LIJUN: A CONCEPT OF HISTORY: THE ART OF FANG LIJUN
MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA
A fierce observer of contemporary culture and politics, Fang Lijun was a founding protagonist of what become known as the Cynical Realist movement in the late 1980s China, which is widely regarded as a major turning point for contemporary art in that country. Entitled “A Concept of History: The Art of Fang Lijun,” this exhibition will be Fang’s first major solo exhibition in the United States-– featuring a vast suite of his work spanning nearly four decades-- ranging from his visually immersive, monumentally-scaled paintings, to his early rarely-exhibited ink and pencil sketches, to new works of sculptural porcelain, some of which will be produced and fired by museum visitors in a participatory kiln project set within the galleries.
The exhibition will occupy MASS MoCA’s signature, football-field sized Building 5 gallery, radically re-configured into nine separate galleries to best display the extraordinary aesthetic and technical range of his work. The exhibition will include Fang’s work in multiple mediums: drawing, painting, monumental woodcuts, and a variety of sculptural and installation technologies.