Made in China

Made in China is a Hit on Instagram

People can't resist taking pictures with a big red dinosaur. Made in China by Sui Jianguo (currently on view as part of Stampede: Animals in Art) is one of the most popular places to take a photo at the Denver Art Museum.

Above, are just a few that visitors have taken over the last year or so. Come take your own dino-mite selfie at the DAM on level 2 of the Hamilton Building, and follow us on Instagram to learn more about events and activities at the museum.

A little bit about the sculpture:

In the early 1990s, Sui Jianguo began precisely recreating tiny toy dinosaurs, but in monumental proportions. He conceived of his huge dinosaurs after visiting Shenzen, the Chinese city where these toy dinosaurs are mass-produced. The artist transforms these cheap, plastic objects into monumental works of art. The phrase “Made in China”—featured prominently on the dinosaur’s stomach— is well-known. In fact, “Made in China” is more recognizable than any Chinese brand name. Sui Jianguo’s work participates in the politics of high art and consumerism and raises questions about what has value, who is selling, and who is buying?

Images: Sui Jianguo, Made in China, 2005, Edition 1 of 4. Painted cast bronze. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum. © Sui Jianguo

Carleen Brice is content manager in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Her favorite painting in Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is called Lean.