Contemporary Chinese portraiture
15 September – 1 December 2012
In a unique collaboration – one exhibition, two cities – SCAF and the National Portrait Gallery presents contemporary Chinese portraiture drawn from the collection of former Swiss diplomat, businessman and art collector, Uli Sigg. Sigg’s collection is widely acknowledged as the largest and most significant collection of contemporary Chinese art anywhere in the world. Works that are by degrees provocative, playful, political and engaging will thrill visitors in Sydney and Canberra.
The central work to be shown at SCAF is Sun Yuan and Peng Yu’s Old People’s Home: thirteen life-size wheelchairs and sculpted hyper-real figures reminiscent of elderly world leaders. The wheelchairs move around the entire gallery space using technical features that allow these symbols of infirmity to avoid running into visitors. Other artists exhibiting at SCAF include Ai Weiwei, Shen Shaomin, Wang Jianwei and Zhou Tao.
Go Figure! is curated by Dr Claire Roberts, senior lecturer in art history at Adelaide University.