Exhibitions/ Art Object

Scholar Rock (The Mirage Garden)

Artist:
Zhang Jianjun (Chinese, born 1955)
Date:
2008
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silicone rubber
Dimensions:
H. 77 1/4 in. (196 cm); W. 53 1/8 in. (135 cm); D. 34 1/4 in. (87 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Lent by the Sigg Collection
Rights and Reproduction:
© Zhang Jianjun
Not on view
Zhang plays with transmuting a revered art form—Chinese scholars’ rocks—through the use of industrial materials to reflect upon China’s cultural identity in contemporary conditions. This piece recreates a garden rock in purple silicone, playfully demonstrating how Chinese traditions may evolve within a new global context. According to the artist, the work, as “a societal landscape specific to our time,” comments on the sometimes incongruous collision of cultures that is modern China.
Acquired directly from the artist in 2008 by Uli Sigg, a Swiss private collector and the current owner.