press release

This exhibition was the first to comprehensively consider the outpouring of photo-based art that has taken place in China since the mid-1990s. Ambitious in scale and experimental in nature, the photographic works included in this groundbreaking project offered a range of highly individual responses to the unprecedented changes in China's economic, social, and cultural life in the past decade. Featuring approximately 130 works by 60 Chinese artists, many of whom had never exhibited in the United States, Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from Chinawas divided into four thematic sections: "History and Memory," "People and Place," "Performing the Self," and "Reimagining the Body." The exhibition fostered a new understanding of contemporary Chinese photography and video and provided unusual insights into the dynamics of Chinese culture in the 21st century. This exhibition was co-organized by the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, and the International Center of Photography, New York, in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Asia Society, New York. In Chicago the exhibition was presented at two venues: the Smart Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and continued on an international tour.

Curator: Wu Hung, the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago and Consulting Curator at the Smart Museum, and Christopher Phillips, Curator at the International Center of Photography, New York. The Smart Museum presentation was overseen by Stephanie Smith, Smart Museum Curator.

Tour Dates: International Center of Photography, New York, and Asia Society, New York, June 11 – September 5, 2004; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, February 10 – May 1, 2005; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom, September 12, 2005 – January 15, 2006; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, March 23 – May 21, 2006; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California, June 24 – September 17, 2006; Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, October 19, 2006 – February 18, 2007.


Between Past and Future - New Photography and Video From China
Kuratoren: Christopher Phillips, Wu Hung

Künstler: Ai Weiwei, An Hong, Bai Yiluo, Cang Xin, Cao Fei, Chen Lingyang, Chen Shaoxiong, Cui Xiuwen, Feng Feng, Feng Mengbo, Gao Brothers , Gu Dexin, Hai Bo, Hong Hao, Hu Jieming, Huang Yan, Jiang Zhi, Sze Tsung Leong, Li Tianyuan, Li Wei, Lin Tianmiao, Liu Jian & Zhao Qin, Liu Wei, Liu Zheng, Luo Yongjin, Ma Liuming, Miao Xiaochun, Mo Yi, Qiu Zhijie, Rong Rong & Inri, Song Dong, Sheng Qi, Sui Jianguo & Zhan Wang & Yu Fan, Sun Yuan, Wang Gongxin, Wang Jianwei, Wang Jin, Wang Jinsong, Wang Qingsong, Wang Wei, Wang Youshen, Weng Fen, Xing Danwen, Xiong Wenyun, Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong, Yang Yong, Yang Zhenzhong, Yin Xiuzhen, Zhang Dali, Zhang Huan, Zhao Bandi, Zhao Liang, Zhao Shaoruo, Zheng Guogu, Zhou Xiaohu, Hui Zhuang, Zhou Ming

11.06.04 - 05.09.04 Asia Society and Museum, New York
11.06.04 - 05.09.04 International Center of Photography, New York
02.10.04 - 16.01.05 Smart Museum, Chicago
10.02.05 - 08.05.05 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
15.09.05 - 08.01.06 Victoria and Albert Museum, London
02.10.05 - 16.01.06 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
23.03.06 - 14.05.06 Haus der Kulturen, Berlin
01.07.06 - 17.09.06 Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara
19.10.06 - 18.02.07 Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham