UCCA presents Landscape of Childhood, an exhibition by major artist Yan Pei-Ming. Following Les Funérailles de Monna Lisa exhibition in Musée du Louvre, Landscape of Childhood
will stand as a surprising show and the first time Yan Pei-Ming has
produced a show without canvases by experimenting with installation.
Pei-Ming has become the ultimate artist portraying the iconic
characters of our time. His work stands as a major reference on the
international contemporary art scene and this show should remain a
milestone in history since it features the portraits of the icons of
tomorrow: the next generation of Chinese citizens framed into an empty
landscape, the future", Jérôme Sans, UCCA Director and co-curator of Landscape of Childhood.
huge landscape directly painted on the wall of UCCA's Big Hall frames a
series of painted flags representing portraits of 34 Chinese new born
children. Imagined as an abounding walk trough faces and urban views,
the exhibition powerfully conveys Yan Pei-Ming's intentions and gives
the audience an opportunity to discover a vision of our world in a
landscape of crisis and beyond.
Yan Pei-Ming is famous for his
monochromatic large portraits executed in either black and white or red
shades. "I have never felt it necessary to put some things around the
persons; I just want to draw portraits."
portraits, furiously and quickly executed with a strong, large
brushstroke technique, reflect the artist's concerns on social
conflicts and international politics and present his ongoing concern
for problems of universal human nature", Guo Xiaoyan, UCCA Chief
Curator and co-curator of Landscape of Childhood.
in Shanghai in 1960 and living in Dijon, France, since the early 1980s,
Yan Pei-Ming has always been interested in the concepts of
individuality and anonymity expressed in the portraits and landscapes
he paints. He has been one of the first Chinese artists to settle and
build his career abroad.
Yan Pei-Ming has taken part in numerous group and solo shows. The artist's many prestigious group shows include Villa aperta, Villa Médicis, Rome, Italy (2009), Libertad, Igualdad, Fraternidad, La Lonja de Zaragoza, Saragosse, Spain (2009), Other's World, MoCA Shanghai, Shanghai, China (2008), The Gallery, David Zwirner, New York, USA (2008), Yan Pei-Ming, Gu Dexin, Yang Jiechang, The Red Mansion Foundation, London, United Kingdom (2007), Size Matters: XXL, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, USA (2007),The unhomely, Phantom Scenes in Global Society, 2nd International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain (2006), A propos du Lingchi (supplice des 100 morceaux), with Huang Yong Ping, Musée Denon, Chalon-sur-Saône, France (2004), Moi - Autoportraits du xxe siècle, Musee du Luxembourg, Paris, France ( 2004), New Zone-Chinese Art,
Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2003), The Venice
Biennale, Italy (2003 and 1995) and Lyon Biennale, France (2000 and
On the occasion of the presentation of Yan Pei-Ming: Landscapes
of Childhood, UCCA intends to go beyond the usual art event. Partnering
with another Non for Profit institution, The United Foundation for
Chinese Orphans, we wanted to draw our audience attention towards these
orphans and children whose families can not afford medical healthcare.
the images of Chinese newborn babies' portraits presented in the show,
UCCA and The United Foundation for Chinese Orphans hope to raise wider
support to provide adequate healthcare to all children, especially
those abandoned and coping with mental and physical disabilities,
living in China.