As a part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) growing effort to become a center of Chinese contemporary art, they will be showcasing “The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China,” a material-conscious exhibition which brings together 34 masterpieces created over the past four decades by influential Chinese artists, including Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, Song Dong, Xu Bing, Zhan Wang, Zhang Huan, and more. Their works — in plastic, paper, silk, ash, and tobacco — form a major trend in Chinese art that places “matter” as the primary vehicle of investigation and expression. A display highlight: Yin Xiuzhen’s Transformation (1997), which utilizes old building tiles, rescued from the demolition sites of hutongs — traditional courtyard homes — in Beijing, to create the installation. Pieces will be on view starting June 2, 2019 through January 5, 2020 at the BCAM, Level 2, and the Resnick Pavilion. For more information, go to