• Above: Installation view of Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis, photo: Bruce Mathews

    Above: Installation view of Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis, photo: Bruce Mathews

Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis

Friday, September 17, 2010 to Sunday, January 2, 2011
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

China’s Gao Brothers—Gao Qiang and Gao Zhen—have collaborated on their artwork since 1985. Much of the Gao Brothers’ work has been colored by their family’s experiences during China’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76). In 1968 the artists’ father was arrested as a counter revolutionary, and days later he died while in custody. The Gao Brothers’ works of art seek to understand China’s complicated history and a government that has moved from Communism to a form of State Capitalism controlled by the Communist Party. At times, the works are politically charged, but in the end the brothers seek to forgive and understand. Featuring large-scale sculpture, painting, and photography, this is the artists’ first museum exhibition in the United States.