Liang Yuanwei – Behind the Curtain

Venezia - 11/05/2017 : 18/06/2017

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  • Indirizzo: San Marco, 2810 (Campiello Pisani) - Venezia - Veneto
  • Quando: dal 11/05/2017 - al 18/06/2017
  • Vernissage: 11/05/2017 ore 18-20 su invito
  • Autori: Liang Yuanwei
  • Generi: arte contemporanea, personale
  • Orari: Exhibition 12 May – 18 June 2017, 10 am - 6 pm Closed on Mondays. Free Admission Vaporetto Stop: Accademia
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The K11 Art Foundation (KAF) is pleased to present Behind the Curtain, a new exhibition of work by Liang Yuanwei, one of China’s influential names in contemporary art. The show runs simultaneously with the 57th Biennale di Venezia and is curated by Loïc Le Gall Assistant Curator at Centre Pompidou. Liang Yuanwei represented China in the 54th Biennale di Venezia in 2011

The title of the exhibition, Behind the Curtain, alludes to the operatic traditions of both China and Europe, a stage curtain often being a work of art in its own right but also revealing a reality behind it. Behind the Curtain is an homage to Venice and the Teatro La Fenice, as well as the carnival during which participants wander masked throughout the city. For the artist, the curtain also serves as a paradigm, a representation of the world, a way of looking at things. In the Peking opera where the decor is immutable, a table and two chairs are reconfigured to represent multiple scenes. This same pattern can be understood in the context of traditional Chinese painting: while the subjects remain, the techniques change. The exhibition title, Behind the Curtain also references the exhibition’s revelation of Liang Yuanwei’s intimate artistic practice.

Visitors to Venice’s Palazzo Pisani will see a selection of Liang’s impressive oil paintings, products of her attempt to perfectly imitate the detailed textures of fabrics. The works on show also can be read in reference to questions of seriality and reproducibility which are engaged in more explicitly conceptual contemporary art. In this sense, the paintings are a digression from Liang’s original artistic intention; patterns and words are repeated to the extent they are transformed and their original meaning exhausted.

Adrian Cheng, Founder and Honorary Chairman, K11 Art Foundation, says:
“We are excited about this exhibition and working again with Liang Yuanwei, an exceptional artist whose career we have followed for some time, and whose works we have exhibited at the chi K11 art museum in Shanghai. Part of KAF’s wider initiative is to support exceptional young artists from Greater China and to encourage important intercultural dialogues across borders. For this exhibition we bring her work to the world’s most prominent art stage – in Venice over the Biennale.”

Loïc Le Gall, Curator, says:
“Liang is a captivating artist whose work combines conceptual rigor with emotional experience, resulting in works that are strong and leave a lasting impression. This wonderful collaboration was made possible by the K11 Art Foundation and I am delighted for this exhibition to be taking place in Venice, being the crossroads of cultural exchange, as Liang’s work covers a vast range of cultural traditions.”