Guan Wei creates humorous yet intrinsically politicised content through his painting, sculpture and site-specific installations. For more than 40 years, he has developed a distinctive style that incorporates his own Chinese cultural heritage with many influences from the West. Using a satirical yet light-hearted approach, his work often features stylised humanoid figures, mythological creatures and symbolic imagery that result in whimsical reflections upon the human condition, and address a range of contemporary social issues such as climate change, questions of identity, migration, belonging and exile.
This exhibition presents a selection of key works by Guan Wei held in the MCA Collection. The centrepiece of the display, installed over two walls of the vast Level one North galleries, is the immense multi panel work Feng Shui from 2004. Comprised of 120 individual panels and measuring 5.4 x 18 meters overall, the work was originally commissioned for the new Melbourne Bureau of Meteorology building in 2004 and donated to MCA Collection in 2017. This is the first time the work has been put on display since entering the collection.
Exhibition Opens: 6–8pm Friday 11 October 2019