Made in China

2005

Object

Artist

Sui Jianguo, Chinese, 1956
Born: Qingdao, Shandong Province, China
Work Locations: Beijing, China

Country

Object Info

Object: sculpture
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2011.357

Medium/Technique

Fiberglass and paint

Credit

Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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Dimensions

height: 78 3/4 in, 200.0250 cm; width: 40 1/8 in, 101.9175 cm; depth: 72 7/8 in, 185.1025 cm; weight,large_weight: 200 lbs, 90.7185 kg

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Caption

Sui Jianguo, Made in China, 2005; edition 1 of 4. Painted fiberglass. Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum. © Sui Jianguo

Edition

1/4

Extended Info

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?