ShanghART and ARTMIA are pleased to announce an extraordinary double exhibition: Close to the Sea · The Revival of the Snake (May 12 – June 15, 2012). Two major works by Yang Fudong will be shown at ShanghART’s Beijing space and at ARTMIA at the same time. Both works are ambitious 10-screen video installations which required great effort to realize and to install and both works are shown for the first time in China.
Close to the Sea (2004)
In this ten-channel video installation, a concert is being staged at the seaside. Accompanied by various musical instruments, the love story of a young couple is unfolded on the same location. The videos set on the centre display two scenarios taking place simultaneously: one shows a young couple riding a horse along the sea and the other a pair of lovers struggling for survival from a ship accident. The other eight screens deliver at the same time the performance of diverse instruments, a trumpet and a cello played on the rocks, for example. The background music, which is hallucinatory, dreamlike and even uncoordinated, reflects the conflicts between ideals and reality. The young lovers, despite the threat of death, continue with their discussion of ideal, faith and anticipation.
The Revival of the Snake (2005)
This work tells the end of the story of a soldier going into exile. On a sunny winter’s day, the icy ground is stared with snow and life seems as peaceful as the weather. A soldier, escaping from a battlefield, comes to this deserted place which is plagued with the smell of death. He is wandering, attempting to leave this uninhabited world. The only option left to him, however, is walking, ceaselessly and endlessly. What is waiting for him? A hibernating snake is startled awake from its nice dreams and then sees a human, eyes blindfolded and hands bound on the back, kneeling on the freezing ice-covered lake. Who is sentenced to death by the sound of gunshots reverberating around the mountains?
About Yang Fudong
Yang Fudong was born in 1971 in Beijing and trained as a painter at China Academy of Art between 1991 and 1995. Starting in the late 1990s, he embarked on a career in the mediums of film and video and is among the most successful and influential Chinese artists today.
Yang Fudong’s recent important solo exhibitions include: 2011 The Distance of Reality, Yang Fudong’s Solo Exhibition, Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana, Cuba; Yang Fudong, Utopia and Reality, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Tapiola, Finland; One half of August, Yang Fudong Solo Exhibition, Parasol, Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, U.K.; Yang Fudong: No Snow on the Broken Bridge, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, Australia; 2010 …In the Bamboo Forest…, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland; Yang Fudong, Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest and Other Stories, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Yang Fudong Solo Exhibition, Kino Kino, Sandnes, Norway; 2009 Yang Fudong: the General’s Smile, Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Dawn Mist, Separation Faith, Yang Fudong’s Solo Exhibition, Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest, Asia Society and Museum, New York, U.S.A.; Yang Fudong, East of Que Village, MuHKA Media, Antwerpen, Belgium.
At the same time, YANG Fudong’s recent work The Fifth Night will be exhibited in Vancouver Art Gallery from 12 May to 3 September 2012. Until 6 May, his works are shown in the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art in the group exhibition La La La Human Steps. And the new work Yejiang/The Nightman Cometh will be exhibited during the THE BEST OF TIMES, THE WORST OF TIMES – REBIRTH AND APOCALYPSE IN CONTEMPORARY ART – The First Kyiv International Biennial of Contemporary Art from 17 May to 31 July 2012.