Grounds and Galleries, Cass Sculpture Foundation
Free with general entry
This year CASS will be offering tours of our exhibition A Beautiful Disorder. It's the first major exhibition of newly commissioned outdoor sculpture by contemporary Chinese artists to be shown in the UK.
From July 2016, sixteen monumental outdoor sculptures will be on display throughout the grounds of CASS. These artists employ a variety of ambitious sculptural techniques across a range of materials including bronze, stone, steel and wood. The historical relationship between English and Chinese landscape aesthetics is the starting point and inspiration for these contemporary Chinese and Greater Chinese artists.
The title of the exhibition, A Beautiful Disorder, is a quote from an influential letter written by the Jesuit missionary and artist Jean-Denis Attiret in 1743 that had a tremendous effect on English garden culture. Attiret used the term to describe the ability of the Chinese garden to provoke violent and often opposing sensations in the viewer through a series of theatrical framing devices. The exhibition invites the viewer to reflect on China's past, present and future relationship with the world at large, and provides valuable insight into the state of Chinese culture, politics and society today from the perspective of some of its most dynamic and engaging artists.
The tours will take place every Saturday throughout the exhibition period and are free to all members and paying visitors. If you would like to book a place on one of our tours please go to the events page and fill out a booking form specifying your preferred date.