Please join Alexandra Munroe, The Guggenheim Museum’s Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, for a walkthrough of the ongoing exhibition, Zhang Enli. The Garden.
A champion of overlooked spaces and objects, Zhang Enli works from sketches, photographs, and memories to render his experience of the world in variegated brushstrokes and intimations of figures. His works, grounded in his immediate surroundings, involve a ceaseless scrutiny of ways of seeing. For the paintings on view in ‘The Garden,’ Zhang Enli has drawn inspiration from the gardens that populate the industrialized cityscape of Shanghai, articulating his impressions of their organic forms through expansive, immersive paintings that envelop viewers in an uncanny sense of recognition.
Alexandra Munroe is a pioneering authority on modern and contemporary Asian art and transnational art studies. She has led the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Initiative since its founding in 2006 and convenes the museum’s biannual Asian Art Council, a curatorial think tank. As Senior Advisor, Global Arts, she helps to guide the foundation’s intellectual and institutional agendas for expanding its purview to study, acquire, and exhibit art from beyond the Western world.
Image: Timothy Doyon