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3 Giants of Chinese Contemporary Art exhibitions coming to the Frost Art Museum

The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU today announced an exciting new series of major international exhibitions, 3 Giants of Chinese Contemporary Art, scheduled at the Museum beginning in July, and running through May of 2015. Renowned Chinese artists Simon Ma, Wang Qingsong, and Xu Bing will be featured, displaying the works and stylings that made them icons of China’s recent art movement.

In announcing the series of exhibitions, Frost Art Museum Director & Chief Curator Dr. Carol Damian underlined the collective significance of hosting 3 Giants of Chinese Contemporary Art, observing “This is an incredible, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime, opportunity for South Floridians to see the works of these recognized and important artists; this brings the world of contemporary Chinese art to our doorstep.”

Simon Ma: Heart.Water.Ink World Tour Exhibition 2014- Tribute to Mr. Xu Beihong

July 12-October 19, 2014
One of China’s most well-known and internationally acclaimed artists for his paintings, design, and sculpture. Music, art, and design encompass his three artistic pursuits. The Heart.Water.Ink World Tour Exhibition 2014 makes its first scheduled U.S. visit at the Frost Art Museum. In this exhibition, Simon Ma goes back to his preferred subject, Nature, and his reference to it power and majesty, mountains, skies, waters and animals. 2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse, and the name Ma means horse, so the horse becomes the favorite subject in Heart.Water.Ink. In his inimitable and creative approach to art, Simon Ma, innovative artist and inheritor of the ancient traditions, looks up to the experience of the Chinese Master Xu Beihong, and follows in his footsteps, by creating a new show that unites the past and the present, using a variety of materials and transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Wang Qingsong: ADinfinitum

November 8, 2014-January 18, 2015
Considered one of China’s most innovative contemporary artists. He turned from painting to photography in the late 1990s, and currently works in documentary, staged and scroll photography, computer-generated images and sculpture. ADinfinitum features gigantic photographic masterpieces which show the earthshaking changes occurring in contemporary China, and the contradictions and problems brought about by this rapid transition. Wang’s works focus on social issues; he questions the vanity and the “glorious life sweeter than honey” in the face of the mind-boggling social and cultural issues China is dealing with today. Using theatrical techniques, Wang lets the camera narrate true stories of China. It’s a nation’s story, and a personal story. The viewers are “the listeners of the wind.”

Xu Bing: Writing Between Heaven and Earth

February 14, 2015-May 24, 2015
Most known for his printmaking skills and installation pieces, as well as his creative and artistic use of language, words, and text, and how they have impacted our understanding of the world. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of his capacity to make significant contributions to society, particularly in printmaking and calligraphy. He is now the Vice President of China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts. Writing Between Heaven and Earth showcases masterpieces demonstrating the art of writing as image, and his interactive educational work, Square Word Calligraphy, which involves the creation of a unique writing system that transforms English into Chinese writing; the work, created in a classroom setting in this exhibition, is a perfect fusion of Eastern and Western cultures into one harmony.

Each of the exhibitions will be opened with a reception, which will be open to the public and free of charge.

About the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University
The Frost Art Museum opened its current 46,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building in November 2008. Admission to the Museum is always free. The Frost is an American Association of Museums accredited museum and Smithsonian Affiliate, and is located at 10975 SW 17th Street, across from the Blue Garage and adjacent to the Wertheim Performing Arts Center on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closed on Mondays and most legal holidays. For more information, please visit or call 305-348-2890.

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