Cheng Ran “Diary of a Madman”

The New Museum of Contemporary Art

poster for Cheng Ran “Diary of a Madman”
[Photo: Cheng Ran]

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New Museum and K11 Art Foundation Residency for an Emerging Chinese Artist
Lobby Gallery

This summer, the New Museum and the K11 Art Foundation (KAF) announced a new partnership to support a residency and exhibition program for young Chinese artists. Cheng Ran is working in residence at the Museum’s adjacent 231 Bowery studio space from August to October 2016, with his exhibition opening to the public on October 19. Though his work has been exhibited internationally, the New Museum show will be the artist’s first US solo exhibition and the result of his first visit to the United States. Born in Inner Mongolia in 1981, Cheng Ran studied at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou and started working with renowned Chinese filmmaker Yang Fudong in 2004. Since 2005, Cheng Ran has been producing film and video works for which he draws widely from Western and Chinese literature, poetry, cinema, and visual culture, creating new fictive narratives based on myths and historical events. His most recent film, In Course Of The Miraculous (2015), is an epic nine-hour work about three real-life stories of journeys that involved mysterious disappearances—including British mountaineer George Mallory, who went missing on his way to the top of Mount Everest in 1924; artist Bas Jan Ader, who vanished during his 1975 journey across the Atlantic; and the Chinese trawler Lu Rong Yu 2682, which returned to land with only one third of its crew in 2011. The work was produced by the K11 Art Foundation and premiered at the 14th Istanbul Biennial last year. For his exhibition at the New Museum, Cheng Ran will present a new multi-video installation in the Lobby Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator, and Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director.



from October 19, 2016 to January 15, 2017


Cheng Ran

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