Manchester’s Whitworth gallery has announced that it is to hold an exhibition featuring highlights from the collection of Uli Sigg, entitled “Four Decades of Chinese Art,” which will be the museum’s first since its recent renovation. The exhibition is set to open on July 1.
The exhibition will include 80 works by some of China’s most esteemed contemporary artists, including the likes of Cao Fei, Zhang Peili, Zhang Huan, Weng Fen, and Ai Weiwei. Highlights of the exhibition will include Weiwei’s 1995-2000 installation Still Life, which consists of thousands of Stone Age axe heads. Key themes of the exhibition will include censorship and freedom of expression in China, exploring subversive and underground artistic movements and collectives such as the No Name Group.
The Whitworth gallery, which is part of the University of Manchester reopened in February after an extensive £15 million renovation project. The museum has also been shortlisted for the nation’s most prestigious museum award, the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015, which includes a £100,000 cash prize.