A giant inflatable pig created by an acclaimed Chinese artist will go on display in Birmingham’s Millennium Point next month as the organisation announces a new contemporary arts strategy.
The artwork, House of Treasures by artist Cao Fei, will be positioned in the vast central atrium of Millennium Point forming an arresting and surreal experience for the hundreds of visitors who pass daily through the building.
This is the first time the work, which visitors can step inside to watch video footage, has been exhibited outside China.
House of Teasures forms the first exhibition of Millennium Point’s new Arts Strategy, which aims to place contemporary art at the centre of the organisation’s public programming.
Philip Singleton, CEO of Millennium Point, said: “This striking installation announces our intentions as a serious contender in Birmingham’s cultural scene. House of Treasures looks at pressing contemporary issues including globalisation, economy and urban planning, aligning well with Millennium Point’s standing as an internationally-engaged centre for science, technology, innovation and design.”
Cao Fei is acknowledged as one of the key artists of a new generation emerging from mainland China.
Known in particular for her multimedia installations and video, she mixes popular aesthetics, references to Surrealism and documentary conventions into her films and videos. Her work has been exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery (London), MoMA (New York), Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and the Guggenheim Museum (New York).
House of Treasures is on display from November 5.