Patricia Guzmán: Humanity

Patricia Guzmán in her studio. Photo: Raul Barajas Velasco
Patricia Guzmán in her studio. Photo: Raul Barajas Velasco


Humanity: Customs & Traditions

May 29 to August 31, 2024




To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the first teaching museum in China, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University, we are pleased to announce that Patricia Guzmán has been selected as the 2024 International Artist. 

Patricia Guzmán, born in Mexico, is one of the leading contemporary artists, with more than 30 awards from many countries. Self-thought, she has achieved worldwide recognition for her portraits representing native people. Her remarkable work is a rich representation of mankind, with humility, soul, life, family, and history at its core. Her portraits of people from the Americas have traveled around the world, including to England, Germany, Russia, and other countries, including to multiple venues in China. 

For the Humanity: Customs & Traditions exhibition, Ms. Guzmán’s artwork will focus on people from the Americas and China. For this exhibition she has traveled to Peru, Bolivia, and several times to China for her previous group exhibitions. Through her paintings we will showcase our commonality which is greater than our differences, a glimpse of a diverse, yet more humane world. 

Guzmán has stated: “My intention is to give voice to the human condition. My passion is to show different realities from my perspective as a woman, through figuration, emotions and reason.”

Throughout history, peoples with different traditions and cultures have been on the move from East to West and from North to South. At times this has created conflicts, but most importantly, when people assimilate and respect each other’s cultures, it creates harmony and understanding amongst peoples, it creates a world culture, a more peaceful world. 

This project has been delayed for several years, due to the pandemic, but we are happy to showcase Ms. Guzman’s work with love, respect, and tradition for all to enjoy. It will be a cultural event to enrich our hearts and our minds and possibly forge new relationships for a better world.

This exhibition is part of the Dame Jillian Sackler International Artists Exhibition Program, established to bring talented international artists to the Sackler Museum at Beida. Artwork for this program must have cultural value to create an open dialogue between the work and the viewer. The aim of this program is to create cross-cultural understanding by showing in China works by artists from diverse backgrounds. It is our mission to have exhibitions that are informative, exciting, interactive and most of all thoughtful, encouraging peaceful co-existence and long-lasting relationships between peoples.

Due to “uncontrollable factors” the Humanity exhibition has been postponed.