Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art From The Sigg Collection by Matthias Frehner
China is booming! In the wake of economic liberalization, the nation's art scene has taken flight as well. The Swiss collector Uli Sigg, formerly his country's ambassador to Beijing, has followed the rapid pace of development since the 1980s, compiling along the way the world's largest collection of contemporary Chinese art, comprising more than 1,200 works by some 180 artists. Mahjong, named after the popular and ancient Chinese game of chance, presents more than 200 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, video pieces and installations from Sigg's collection. Alongside them hang such curiosities as vintage Mao posters. In addition to a number of internationally famous works, such as Ai Weiwei's Han vase with Coca-Cola logo, Fang Lijun's bald heads or Xu Bing's "Xinglish" calligraphy, this book also offers readers a unique opportunity to discover tremendously gifted artists still largely unknown outside China.
Ai Weiwei was born in 1957 in Beijing, China. He lived in the U.S. from 1981 to 1993, whereupon he returned to his homeland. His work has been exhibited internationally in group shows in New York, Sweden, Korea, Germany, Belgium, and Switzerland. He lives with his family in Xinjiang, China.
Hou Hanru was born in 1963 in Guangzhou, China and has been based in Paris since 1990.