Ai Weiwei, Descending Light with A Missing Circle, 2017 © Ai Weiwei, Photo: Bruno Bühlmann, Foto Jung, Sursee/Switzerland


Recent Art from the Sigg Collection

Wed, 30.01.2019–Sun, 26.05.2019

MAK Exhibition Hall

An exhibition by the MAK, Vienna in dialogue with the collector Uli Sigg and in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Bern and the Zentrum Paul Klee

With CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection a comprehensive exhibition on Chinese contemporary art is coming to Vienna. Uli Sigg has been following the development of contemporary art in China since the late 1970s. In the mid-1990s, he started putting together the world’s most significant and representative collection of Chinese art. A business journalist, entrepreneur, and Swiss ambassador to China, North Korea, and Mongolia (1995–1998), he had the chance to take a look behind the scenes of the social and economic developments dedicated to both tradition and the future, as China’s vision of a new Silk Road shows. Cultural and sociopolitical values form the frame of reference of the MAK exhibition. The museum creates a discursive platform by contrasting works from the Sigg Collection with objects from the MAK Collection. This interplay highlights China’s contemporary art production as well as its aesthetic or iconographic references. The historical object becomes a vision machine for the contemporary.

Curator: Bärbel Vischer, Curator, MAK Contemporary Art Collection

Artists: 徐文恺 aaajiao (Xu Wenkai), 艾未未 Ai Weiwei, 曹斐 Cao Fei, 曹雨 Cao Yu, 陳樂珩 Chan Stacey Lok Heng, 陳苑翹 Chan Yuen Kiu, 池磊 Chi Lei, 储云 Chu Yun, 丁乙 Ding Yi, 段建宇 Duan Jianyu, 冯梦波 Feng Mengbo, 高伟刚 Gao Weigang, 顾小平 Gu Xiaoping, 何翔宇 He Xiangyu, 洪浩 Hong Hao,  嘉 Jia, 杨俊 Jun Yang, 李傑 Lee Kit, 廖斐 Liao Fei, 刘勃麟 Liu Bolin, 刘窗 Liu Chuang, 刘鼎 Liu Ding, 刘韡 Liu Wei, 马轲 Ma Ke, 毛同强 Mao Tongqiang, 苗颖 Miao Ying, 黃漢明 Ming Wong, 倪有鱼 Ni Youyu, 白双全 Pak Sheung Chuen, 裴丽 Pei Li, 楊嘉輝 Samson Young, 邵帆 Shao Fan, 沈少民 Shen Shaomin, 沈学哲 Shen Xuezhe, 史国威 Shi Guowei, 史金淞 Shi Jinsong, 宋冬 Song Dong, 王光乐 Wang Guangle, 王晋 Wang Jin, 王雷 Wang Lei, 王卫 Wang Wei, 王兴伟 Wang Xingwei, Christian Hidaka, 谢墨凛 Xie Molin, 谢南星 Xie Nanxing, 徐冰 Xu Bing, 许成 Xu Cheng, 徐震 Xu Zhen, 薛峰 Xue Feng, 叶鲜艳 Ye Xianyan, 张培力 Zhang Peili, 张晓刚 Zhang Xiaogang, 张玥 Zhang Yue, 赵半狄 Zhao Bandi, 郑国谷 Zheng Guogu and 朱久洋 Zhu Jiuyang.

Panel Discussion & Exhibition Opening

Tue, 29 Jan 2019
6 p.m.
Panel Discussion
Multiple Revolutions (in English)
with Uli Sigg, Jun Yang, Miao Ying, and Ai Weiwei
Moderator: Carol Yinghua Lu
MAK Lecture Hall
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7 p.m.
Exhibition Opening
MAK Lecture Hall

Film Screening

The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg  
Documentary film by filmmaker Michael Schindhelm, 2016, 93 min.
Tue, 16 Apr 2019, 7:30 p.m. More Info
Tue, 21 May 2019, 7:30 p.m. More Info
MAK Lecture Hall

Guided Tours

Admission plus attendance fee of € 3.50

Regular Exhibition Tours
Every Sunday, 2 p.m.
Dialogue Tours
with Bärbel Vischer and Uli Sigg, Collector
Wed, 30.01.2019, 4.00 pm fully booked
with Bärbel Vischer and Johannes Wieninger, former Curator, MAK Asia Collection
Thu, 07.02.2019, 4.00 pm registration no longer possible

Curator-Guided Tours
with Bärbel Vischer
Tue, 05.03.2019, 6.30 pm fully booked
Tue, 02.04.2019, 6.30 pm
Tue, 14.05.2019, 6.30 pm

Guided tour through the exhibition, followed by further discussion at the restaurant Salonplafond im MAK
Wed, 20.02.2019, 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm registration no longer possible

Program for Kids and Families

Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4+)

Everything Chinese at MINI MAK
Sun, 21.04.2019, 11.00 am
Old China—new China
Sun, 19.05.2019, 11.00 am

Workshop for the whole family (ages 4+)

Chinese Whispers
Sat, 23.02.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 27.04.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Great, greater, the greatest—Chinese art in Vienna
Sat, 11.05.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 25.05.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

MAK Design Kids
Workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds (unaccompanied) with Natascha Safarik, calligrapher

Calligraphy like never before!
Sat, 20.04.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 04.05.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm fully booked
Sat, 18.05.2019, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Publication on the occasion of the exhibition: Chinese Whispers: Recent Art from the Sigg and M+ Sigg Collections, ed. by Kathleen Bühler, Kunstmuseum Bern, Zentrum Paul Klee, and MAK, Vienna, German/English, 368 pages, Prestel Verlag, Munich/London/New York 2016. Available at the MAK Design Shop and at for € 44 as of end of January.

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Opening Hours

Tue 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Wed–Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Mon closed


€ 12 / reduced € 10
Free Admission for children and teens under 19
Tuesdays 6–10 p.m. admission € 5
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How to Get There

Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna
Underground U3 to Stubentor, U4 to Landstraße/Bahnhof Wien Mitte.
Tram 2, busses 3A and 74A to Stubentor

Barrier Free Accessibility

Lift at the entrance at Weiskirchnerstraße 1, wheelchair accessible bathrooms available
Stair lift to the Permanent Collection Contemporary Art


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