THE LAST JUDGEMENT IN CYBERSPACE
2006, May 11th, 7 - 9 pm
2006, May 11th - June 17th
ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES
BERLIN I BEIJING
Tue - Fri 10 am - 1 pm, 2 pm - 6 pm
Sat 11 am - 6 pm
The Chinese artist Miao Xiaochun (born 1964) has achieved prominence in recent years with his photography: his photographs have been shown at numerous biennials and are included in the collections of several museums in Europe and China. In his current work, he has turned to 3D technique to develop his very own interpretative rendition of Michelangelo's The Last Judgment.
The fresco in Rome's Sistine Chapel was painted from 1536 to 1541, and is one of the key works of Western art history. The blue background is populated by constellations of figures that were unusual at the time: an Apollonian Jesus surrounded by athletic angels and apostles. The religious message does not stand at the foreground; instead, Michelangelo proves himself a master in the art of depicting the movement of individual bodies.
In The Last Judgment in CyBerspace Miao Xiaochun engages with the fascination with this work. He explores the question: What does a painted figure see? What do the protagonists in the fresco see? Miao Xiaochun provides us with a glimpse behind the curtain, so to speak. He masterfully makes use of digital technology to make the painting transparent, opening five different perspectives onto Michelangelo's work.
Miao Xioachun creates a computer-made sculpture of his own body, thus replacing Michelangelo's entire constellation of figures. He places these doubles in virtual space, in so doing strictly following the visual construction of the classical model. This technique allows the artist to wander through the construction, like a tourist.
'I can now move in this space, choose my own point of view and make my own image.' It thus becomes possible to see the image from various perspectives, be it from the outside or inside. Five of these new points of view are shown on large-format prints in the exhibition The Last Judgment in CyBerspace: two interior views, three from the outside. In a video, all possible perspectives are mixed, dissolved, and reformulated.
Miao Xiaochun studied art at Nanjing University and the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, and was a DAAD fellow at Kunsthochschule Kassel (1995-99). In 1999, he was named professor at CAFA, where he today leads the Medialab.
WHITE SPACE BEIJING CHINA:
HERMANN NITSCH I YANG SHAOBIN, April 9-June 11
WANG YIN: 2006, June 20-July 30, 2006
Artist talk: June 8th. 2006, 7.30 - 9.00 pm
We should like to invite you to our gallery for a discussion with the Chinese photographer and media artist MIAO XIAOCHUN, who will talk about his work "The Last Judgement in CyBerspace". The artist will discuss his approach to Michelangelo's work and thereby a Chinese view of European art history. Following his studies in Nanjing and at the Central Academy for Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing, Miao studied at the Art Academy Kassel from 1995 to 1999. He now lives and works as a Professor of Digital Media and Photography in Beijing.
8th June 2006, 19.30 – 21.00
The discussion will follow a tour of the exhibition
led by the artist himself
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