Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection
Swiss collector Uli Sigg has first-hand knowledge of Chinese culture through his close links with China since the late 1970s. In 1980, he helped to negotiate the first joint venture between China and a western company (Schindler). From 1995-98 he was Swiss ambassador to Beijing. Together with his wife Rita, Uli Sigg has been collecting Chinese art since the mid-1990s and is something of a pioneer in this field. Having started out purchasing only current works, he soon began extending his collection to include 'historic' avant-garde works of the 1980s and early 1990s.
The present publication is the catalogue of an exhibition of the sigg Collection, which provides a survey of a quarter of a century of Chinese avant-garde art (1979-2004). It is structured into clearly legible themes:
Icons of the 70s vs. Icons of the 80s
Mao and the Cultural Revolution
Myths and Legends
Individual vs. Society
City vs. Countryside
Chinese Perspectives on Western Art
Writing as Medium
Body as Medium
Brief artist biographies as well as a chronology of the history of contemporary Chinese art (put together by Feng Boyi) are provided.