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Stedelijk Museum – Martin Wong

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November 4 - April 1, 2024
Extensive European exhibition of the work of the US-Chinese artist Martin Wong (1946–1999), recognized for his depictions of social, sexual, and political scenographies from the American 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Poetically weaving together narratives of queer existence, marginal communities, and urban gentrification, Wong stands out as an important countercultural voice at odds with the art establishment’s reactionary discourse at the time. Martin Wong: Malicious Mischief is initiated by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, curated by Krist Gruijthuijsen and Agustín PérezRubio, and produced in collaboration with Museo Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Camden Art Centre, and Stedelijk Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive publication. Martin Wong: Malicious Mischief is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Heavily influenced by the artist’s immediate surroundings, Wong’s practice merges the visual languages of Chinese iconography, urban poetry, graffiti, carceral aesthetics, and sign language. His work offers a valuable insight into decisive periods of recent American history as told through its changing urban landscapes, unfolding hidden desires, and complexities.

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