Wang Jianwei

汪建伟

Time Temple

Wang Jianwei  Time Temple

source: longmarchspace

“I work for possibilities.”
Born 1958 in Sichuan Province, China, Wang Jianwei has been a pioneer in the Chinese contemporary art scene since the 70s. Academically trained as a painter, he dedicated much of his school years at China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, reading about existen¬tialist philosophy and Chinese history. This led him to years of experimentation in con¬veying complex ideas with painting before shifting his focus to multimedia installation. ‘Connection’ and ‘relationship’ have been the key phrases in Wang’s vocabulary. His work could be interpreted as an attempt to discover and expose the connection between beings, matters and concepts that may seem random on the surface. What he aspires to achieve is a kind of integration of knowledge in many fields that gives rise to his distinc¬tive approach as an artist. Although he is known for his video work, in order to convey these complex networks of ideas, he is widely experimental with his mediums, and the ways in which the work exists.
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source: guggenheimorg

Recognized throughout Asia and Europe for his bold experiments in new media, performance, and installation art, Beijing-based artist Wang Jianwei presents Wang Jianwei: Time Temple, the first of three commissions of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the Guggenheim Museum. The initiative, which launched in 2013, was established to advance the achievements of contemporary Chinese artists and expand the discourse on contemporary Chinese art by commissioning Chinese artists to create major works that will be exhibited in the museum and enter into its permanent collection.

Wang Jianwei’s work examines the contact between art and social reality. His highly innovative artworks consider space and time in elaborate ways: working from the notion that the production of artwork can be a continuous rehearsal, connecting theater, visual art, and film. Wang Jianwei: Time Temple is the artist’s first solo exhibition in North America. This exhibition comprises installation, painting, film, and a live theater production.
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source: baikebaidu

汪建伟是中国当代最具影响力的新媒体和装置艺术家之一,也是中国当代最具跨学科思考和实践的艺术家,研究领域涉猎哲学、社会学、文化学、人类学等。他曾以首位中国内地艺术家的身份参加“第10届德国卡塞尔文献展”,并多次受邀威尼斯双年展、巴西圣保罗双年展等重要国际艺术展事。2008年2月,他荣获国际当代艺术领域的诺贝尔奖——美国当代艺术基金会2008年度艺术家奖金,是目前唯一一位获此殊荣的中国艺术家。