HONOLULU BIENNIAL AT THE MUSEUM

  • Date: February 23, 2017 - May 15, 2017
  • Recurring daily
  • Honolulu Museum of Art
  • 900 S Beretania St
  • Honolulu, HI 96814
  • http://honolulumuseum.org
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Honolulu Museum of Art
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In February, a crane will deposit on the museum's front lawn Artificial Rock #133 by Zhan Wang. The work is part of the Honolulu Biennial: Middle of Now | Here , presented by Honolulu Biennial Foundation and The Howard Hughes Corporation, which is based at the former Sports Authority space in Ward Village and includes installations at locations throughout the city. Beijing-born Zhan Wang, one of China’s superstar Conceptual sculptors, has taken the fantastically eroded rocks revered by Chinese scholars since the eighth century and updated it for the 21st century by re-creating the scholar’s rock in an industrial medium—stainless steel. Artificial Rock #133 comprises the real rock alongside Zhan’s cast. The artist molds sheets of the metal around the surface of a traditional scholar’s rock (also known as “strange stone”), removes the sheets, welds them together, and burnishes the surface. Directly playing off the 17th-century scholar’s stone on view in our China Gallery, Zhan’s Artificial Rock #133 challenges us to think about tradition—and how our notions of it continues to evolve in the contemporary world. Don’t miss this chance to see important art from Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, Asia, North America, Australia, and New Zealand from March 8 to May 8. The artists were selected by Biennial curatorial director Fumio Nanjo, director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, and Biennial curator Ngahiraka Mason, former curator of Indigenous art at Maori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

HONOLULU BIENNIAL AT THE MUSEUM