“China after 1989-Theater of the World” hosted by the Guggenheim Museum is a spectacular and extremely ambitious retrospective of Chinese art from the last two decades of the 20th century and following into the 21st century till the Beijing Olympics in 2008. This more effervescent period started at the beginning of the 1980s in sync with the economic liberalization reforms and was abruptly stalled after the events in Tiananmen Square of June 4, 1989.
The frustration of the Chinese art community and the mistrust in the government for this lack of freedom of expression is expressed in many of the curated works of art.
On the same token are the diverse perceptions of what the western art scene was expected from the Chinese art and what the Chinese artists were also expected from the West.
Most of the works in exhibition are conceptual but there are also works in a new, uncompromising, realistic style.