LACMA and the University of Chicago's Smart Museum of Art have been given joint ownership of Zhu Jinshi's Wave of Materials
(2007/2019), now on view in the Resnick Pavilion. Wave
is composed of 8000 crumpled sheets of xuan paper, the type used for traditional Chinese ink painting and calligraphy. The work is a gift of the artist and Pearl Lam Galleries, in honor of Smart curator Wu Hung, who organized the traveling exhibition "The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China." That will open in BCAM June 2 and run through Jan. 5, 2020.
Chinese contemporary art is gaining new visibility in U.S. museums. The gift follows LACMA's recent purchase of a monumental painting by Zeng Fanzhi
(that will be in "Allure of Matter") and signing of a collection-sharing agreement with Budi Tek's Yuz Museum
Michael Govan has everything under control.