CHINA 8 – Contemporary Art from China on the Rhine and Ruhr

May 15 – September 13, 2015
MKM Museum Küppersmühle for Modern Art
The Vocabulary of the Visible World– Painting

Boasting numerous museums and array of outstanding cultural institutions, the artistic and cultural landscape along the Rhine and Ruhr is unique worldwide. Events staged during the European City of Culture “RUHR2010” proved to be a key milestone in boosting the national image of this culturally rich region.

In line with their collecting history, their own particular spatial conditions and programmatic focus, each museum is exhibiting different genres of contemporary Chinese art: Under the title “New Figuration”, the Lehmbruck Museum will be showing sculptures, the Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr installations and sculptures as “Models of Irritation”, and the Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen is devoting itself to ink painting and calligraphy under the title “Tradition Today”. The Kunsthalle Recklinghausen is projecting a “Panorama of Painting” with its presentation of emerging and socially critical painting. Exploring “The Vocabulary of the Visible World”, the MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst is specialising in Chinese painters who have already gained national and international acclaim. Video and sound as a medium of “Arrested Time” are being presented in the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, whilst the Osthaus Museum Hagen is featuring installations and objects as “Paradigms of Art”. Under the title “Works in Progress”, the Museum Folkwang in Essen is exhibiting a collection of modern photography, which is also being shown in China simultaneously. With its “Overview – Views of China”, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf serves as the “entrée” to the exhibition and has assembled works by several of the participating artists from across various genres. Their vibrant interaction resolves into a multifaceted snapshot of the prevailing artistic landscape in the People’s Republic of China.

Participating Museums:

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
Overview – Views of China

Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg
New Figuration – Narrative Sculpture

MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg
The Vocabulary of the Visible World– Painting

Museum Folkwang, Essen
Works in Progress – Photography

Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen
Tradition Today – Ink Painting and Calligraphy

Osthaus Museum Hagen
Paradigms of Art– Installation and Objects

Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl
Die angehaltene Zeit – Video und Sound

Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr
Models of Irritation – Installation and Sculpture

Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Panorama of Painting – Emerging and Established Positions