Third RealmOct 10 — Dec 22, 2019


  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ghost Teen, 2009
  • Birdhead, Untitled, from the "Xin Cun" series, 2007
  • Xijing Men, This is Xijing - The Life of the Xijing Presidents (Urban Planning), 2008
  • Zhou Xiaohu, Crazy English Camp, 2010

Third Realm presents contemporary Asian art from the FarEastFarWest collection, a Shanghai-based organization that commissions and acquires contemporary Asian artworks and is housed at the MoCP. Capturing nearly a decade of crucial artistic production in Asia (2007-2013), Third Realm presents works by artists who use photography, film, installation, and performance to investigate liminal spaces. Covering a range of conceptual modalities and cultural contexts, these works disrupt binaries—of global and local, present and historical, spiritual and secular. Featuring artists predominantly from China, as well as Thailand, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and Indonesia, and projects developed in Asia by international artists such as Paola Pivi, Third Realm connects works from across East and Southeast Asia to present a comprehensive view of contemporary Asian art that, while conceptually grappling with shared themes, is still resistant to broad categorization. 

This exhibition is curated by Davide Quadrio. Artists include Birdhead, Cao Fei, Comfortable Collective, FX Harsono, Hipic, Jompet (Agustinus Kuswidananto), Sutee Kunavichayanon, Surasi Kusolwong, Domingo Milella, Gary Ross Pastrana, Paola Pivi, Alessandro Sciarroni, Sun Xun, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Xijing Men, Yang Zhenzhong, and Zhou Xiaohu.

The MoCP is supported by Columbia College Chicago, the MoCP Advisory Board, the Museum Council, individuals, and private and corporate foundations. The 2018-2019 exhibition season is generously sponsored by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), and the Efroymson Family Fund.

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