THE FIRST WAVE: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Paintings in the USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection

The Changing Exhibition Galleries: North Gallery


September 26, 2014 through February 22, 2015

In tandem with the installation of The Rent Collection Courtyard: Fifty Years, a group of modern and contemporary Chinese paintings from the second half of the 20th century–drawn from the museum’s permanent collection–will be featured. The museum has a long history of introducing contemporary works from

GENG Jianyi (b. 1962), Salon de Beauté, China, 1985, oil on canvas, USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection, Gift of Waldermar A. Nielsen. © Geng Jianyi. Courtesy of the ShanghArt Gallery
GENG Jianyi (b. 1962), Salon de Beauté, China, 1985, oil on canvas, USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection, Gift of Waldermar A. Nielsen.
© Geng Jianyi. Courtesy of the ShanghArt Gallery

Asia to the residents of southern California. The exhibition will revisit two prior exhibitions, Beyond the Open Door: Contemporary Paintings from the People’s Republic of China in 1987 and I Don’t Want to Play Cards with Cezanne and Other Works: Selections from the Chinese “New Wave” and “Avant-garde” Art of the Eighties in 1991. The exhibition, together with The Rent Collection Courtyard, will examine Chinese art during a period when art was created to meet political demands and explore how the art of this period fits into the continuum of Chinese art history.

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Art & Coffee 4pm, Friday, October 10
Following a Starbucks coffee break in the tranquil courtyard, the curatorial staff lead a focused tour and discussion of the exhibition.