The University of Chicago Center in Beijing
Culture Plaza 20th Floor
59A Zhongguancun Street
Haidian District, Beijing, 100872
"Unexpected Histories," a new art exhibit of works by Guan Wei, has opened in the Steve Sun Gallery of the University of Chicago Beijing Center. Guan Wei is an internationally renowned painter, printmaker, sculptor, and installation artist with studios in Beijing and Sydney Australia. Working with curator Judith Farquhar, he chose a set of old and new works representative of his career projects to install in the Center's Gallery. These included a series of witty paintings in file folders called "Mapocalypse," a sample of Guan's history painting("Reflection"), an over-painted landscape scroll called "Paper War" with accompanying animated video, and six new bronze sculptures ("Salvation").
On July 12th, the Center hosted a gala opening that gave friends of the Center an opportunity to meet the artist and admire his beautiful and profound artworks. In attendance were Chicago alumnus Steve Sun, Redgate Gallery owner Brian Wallace, previously exhibited artists Laurens Tan and Wu Jian'an, critic and writer Wang Min'an, and about fifty other friends with interests in Chinese contemporary art. The opening was also an opportunity for University of Chicago interns, language students, and resident graduate students to learn more about Beijing's art world and to appreciate one artist's vision of East Asian and Pacific experience. "Unexpected Histories" will be in the Center's gallery for about six months.