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The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art

Friday, October 21, 2005–Sunday, January 29, 2006

Xu Bing (Chinese, born 1955). Ghosts Pounding the Wall, 1992. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist.

The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art is came to Buffalo in October 2005. Organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the University at Buffalo Art Galleries in collaboration with the Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, The Wall was the largest exhibition of contemporary Chinese art to travel beyond China. It also marked the first collaboration between American art museums and a major Chinese art institution focusing on contemporary Chinese art.

Curated by Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Buffalo and a leading authority on contemporary Chinese art Gao Minglu, The Wall addressed the work of more than fifty Chinese artists working in a variety of mediums. More traditional methods such as painting, sculpture, and works on paper were on view as well as work in more progressive mediums such as video, installation, performance, and film. Assistant Curator for Film and a current Ph.D. candidate at Yale University Huang Bingyi organized the film component of the exhibition. The Wall was an interdisciplinary cultural event that also included the publication of a bilingual catalogue, a film festival, educational programming, performance art, music, and dance programs.