The Milwaukee Art Museum presents the installation Chinese Contemporary Warriors by world renowned contemporary artist Yue Minjun, in conjunction with its summer of China series of exhibitions.
The work of Yue Minjun invites exploration into the relationship between contemporary art and current issues in modern Chinese society. Chinese Contemporary Warriors is a sculptural installation that continues in the same manner of satire. ” Mindlessly happy in their uniformity, the complient citizens of this absurd army recall the famed terra-cotta warriors from Xian. Rather than the serious visages of the warriors, however these figures convey ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil'” quoting Brady Roberts, chief curator at the museum.
Yue Minjun, a leading contemporary artist based in Beijing, China, is best known for his self portrait paintings and always with a grotesquely wide-open laughing face. His work creates allegories critical of the Chinese government in works that are humorously laced with cynicism.