CULMINATION/catalogue one at mkg
Karon Morono Kiang & Eliot Kiang, Curators
May 8 – June 28, 2008
Reception: Thursday, May 8, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

218 West 3rd Street, Bradbury Building, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Contact: Sonia Mak
213.628.8208 tel, 213.628-8207 fax
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 6PM

This May, Morono Kiang Gallery celebrates its first anniversary. To commemorate this special occasion, MKG proudly presents CULMINATION/catalogue one at mkg, a group exhibition of paintings, works on paper, photography, installation, and cutting-edge video by some of the artists who have put MKG on the City’s increasingly global cultural map. The Opening Reception for CULMINATION will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2008 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, in conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk.

CULMINATION will present work by some of the most important Chinese artists of our time, providing a unique glimpse into the myriad issues and complex debates that will define China’s place in the world in the early 21st century. To this end, this exhibit will showcase a wide spectrum of mediums and styles, from oils by Xu Ruotao and contemporary ink and brush paintings by Li Jin and Liu Qinghe, to photography by Chen Wei and video by Chen Chieh-jen. Featured artists also included are Cheng Ran, Dong Jun, Hong Hao, Jiang Zhi, Lin Yilin, Liu Ding, Wang Jian Wei, Wang Wei, Xie Xiaoze, Xu Zhen, Yang Zhenzhong, and Zhao Liang.

As the modern-day descendants of thousands of years of cultural tradition and oppression, many Chinese artists are breaking with the past in ways that enable them to establish new forums for their own creative expression as well as intercultural dialogue and exchange. In the wake of rapid watershed changes and new attendant opportunities, contemporary Chinese artists have forged connections with the international art world in meaningful and unexpected ways. These artists are starting with a veritable blank slate of a hyper-conflated contemporaneity, breaking rules that they didn’t know existed and setting out for new and uncharted territory.

With passion and prescience, Karon Morono Kiang and Eliot Kiang established MKG to exhibit work by emerging and established artists who are fueling the skyrocketing ascendancy of contemporary Chinese art around the globe. Their timely presence in the Historic Core of downtown Los Angeles—a city undergoing metamorphosis as a center of innovative art and culture—coincides with a focal shift in critical attention on the visual arts happening on the West Coast. The gallery aims to play a pivotal role in the promotion of contemporary Chinese art, and to become an integral part of the vibrant arts and culture community in Downtown Los Angeles through visionary exhibits and engaging programs.


The Rising Tide, a film by Robert Adanto
Screening & Discussion: Saturday, May 24, 2008  [Seating is limited, Please RSVP]

Morono Kiang Gallery is proud to screen The Rising Tide, a film by Robert Adanto.

“The scene of the greatest economic and cultural metamorphosis of our time, China is not only at the center of the world's attention but has arguably the most vital, imaginative, and uncontainable art scene in the world. The Rising Tide investigates China's meteoric march toward the future through the work of some of its most talented emerging artists, whose work reflects the country's rising influence as an economic, political and cultural force in the global arena.”
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Discussion with the filmmaker and special guests to follow. Please check our website,, for details.

The Pope of Broadway Restoration Project
Panel Discussion & Reception: Saturday, June 14, 2008 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM   [Seating is limited, Please RSVP]

Please join Morono Kiang Gallery and Los Angeles-based painter and muralist Eloy Torrez for music, food, and engaging conversation led by panelists Michael Woo, Man One, Yreina Cervantez among others, about the importance of public art in downtown LA’s Historic Core and the broader cultural landscape of our diverse and changing city. Musical guests
Cuarteto Ñonga.  For further details, please check our website:, for details.

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