MAK Exhibition View, 2019 CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection MAK Exhibition Hall © MAK/Georg Mayer
Exhibition

中国私语 CHINESE WHISPERS

Recent Art from the Sigg Collection

Wed, 30.01.2019–Sun, 26.05.2019

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

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.
Tue, 21 May 2019, 7:30 p.m.
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 fully booked
Tue, 14.05.2019, 6.30 PM
中国私语 CHINESE WHISPERS
Meeting point: MAK Columned Main Hall
Admission € 5 (Tuesdays 6–10 p.m.) plus attendance fee of € 3.50
The ticket also grants access to all exhibitions of the MAK on that evening.

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.


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WEDNESDAYS AT THE MAK
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

MINI MAK Tour
Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4+)

Everything Chinese at MINI MAK
Sun, 21.04.2019, 11.00 AM registration no longer possible
Old China—new China
Sun, 19.05.2019, 11.00 AM
Old China—new China
Can you hear that? Isn’t that somebody whispering? No, it’s the wind. Or maybe not? Visit the MAK and have a look at what Chinese art can do! ... but shh, be very quiet …

Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older) in context of the exhibition CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection

Attendance fee: € 3,50 per child
Reduced admission of accompanying adults
Meeting Point: MAK Columned Main Hall
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MAK4FAMILY
Workshop for the whole family (ages 4+)

Chinese Whispers
Sat, 23.02.2019, 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM registration no longer possible
Sat, 27.04.2019, 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM
Stille Post aus China
Im MAK gibt es eine große Ausstellung mit viel moderner Kunst aus China und sehr alten chinesischen Objekten aus unserer Sammlung. Wer ganz genau zuhört, kann den Dingen beim Flüstern zuhören! Doch was erzählen sie sich bloß?  Die MINI MAK-GeschichtenerzählerInnen flüstern es euch ins Ohr. Danach geht’s weiter zum Workshop – da ist Zusammenarbeit gefragt, aber bitte ohne Flüstern!

Workshop for the whole family (ages 4+) in context of the exhibition
CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection.

Materialbeitrag: € 4,50 pro Kind (bei freiem Eintritt)
Ermäßigter Eintritt für Begleitpersonen
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Great, greater, the greatest—Chinese art in Vienna
Sat, 11.05.2019, 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM
Great, greater, the greatest—Chinese art in Vienna
In context of the wienXtra kinderaktiv program

In China not everything is allowed, and some artists even have to hide their works or sell them before anybody sees them. Join us on an incredible journey through China’s art and culture and afterwards, in a workshop, create your own concept for a gigantic piece of art in the public space.

Workshop for the whole family (ages 4+) in context of the exhibition
CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection.

Materialbeitrag: € 4,50 pro Kind (bei freiem Eintritt)
Ermäßigter Eintritt für Begleitpersonen
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Sat, 25.05.2019, 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM
Great, greater, the greatest—Chinese art in Vienna
In context of the wienXtra kinderaktiv program

In China not everything is allowed, and some artists even have to hide their works or sell them before anybody sees them. Join us on an incredible journey through China’s art and culture and afterwards, in a workshop, create your own concept for a gigantic piece of art in the public space.

Workshop for the whole family (ages 4+) in context of the exhibition
CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection.

Materialbeitrag: € 4,50 pro Kind (bei freiem Eintritt)
Ermäßigter Eintritt für Begleitpersonen
1459977554986

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 registration no longer possible
Sat, 04.05.2019, 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM fully booked
Sat, 18.05.2019, 2.00 PM - 4.00 PM
Calligraphy like never before!
with Natascha Safarik, calligrapher

Some of the artists of the MAK exhibition CHINESE WHISPERS work with the technique of calligraphy. But this doesn’t only exist in China. Experiment with various materials and shapes and try different techniques to get to know calligraphy and apply it using your imagination.

Workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds (unaccompanied)
in context of the exhibition CHINESE WHISPERS: Recent Art from the Sigg Collection

Limited number of participants
Participation fee: € 8 (with free admission)
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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 MAKdesignshop.at for € 44 as of end of January.

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