Banned In China, Controversial Exhibit On Display In Montreal Art Gallery

on March 11, 2013

Controversial Chinese art has taken over a converted shipyard in Montreal that now houses contemporary art.

A brand new exhibit at Arsenal art gallery (2020 rue William, Montreal QC) reunites 13 Chinese artists who are known for sending big messages through their work (literally).

While Arsenal has already developed a reputation for being one of Montreal’s biggest non-museum art spaces, their latest showcase makes the space look even larger. Like Thunder Out Of China collaborates 50 works by Chinese artists, a 22,000 square foot section of the building that was previously unused has been unveiled.

The main attraction is the Miss Mao 3, created by the Gao brothers. It is an 8-foot stainless steel sculpture of Chinese communist revolutionary Mao Zedong. The bust features huge inflated breasts (?), a terrifying smile and a Pinocchio nose which obviously infers that he stretched the truth. The art work has been banned in China.

Other highlights include sketches by Qui Jie that replace the heads and faces of famous Chinese politicians with those of cats.

The art in Like Thunder Out Of China was specifically chosen for its controversy.

The exhibit runs until July 27 and more information is available at