BEAUTY BERLIN : BEIJING | Contemporary photography and sculpture from China
Qin Yufen | Zhu Jinshi | Chi Peng | RongRong & inri
OPENING: 2005, March 18th, from 7 pm
Under the title ´About Beauty´, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, is launching on March 17 th, 2005, a multimedia and interdisplinary exhibition series on the subject of beauty. The aim is to show and discuss the culturally different approaches and perceptions of beauty as well as to position the item itself. A particular emphasis is put on Asian Art; therefore the installation artist Qin Yufen, Zhu Jinshi and the artists RongRong & inri are presenting their latest works, which have been especially designed for this exhibition.
On March 18 th ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING is opening their group show BEAUTY BERLIN : BEIJING – a fusion of Chinese contemporary photography and sculpture. Along with CHI PENG, more works of QIN YUFEN, ZHU JINSHI and RONGRONG & inri are presented. In addition, the expressive sculptures of the Indian Ravinder Reddy, who recently celebrated a huge success with ´IN TRANSIT III´, are on display as a peripheral position.
The sculptress and installation artist QIN YUFEN, born in 1954 Qingdao, Shandong, is commuting from Beijing to Berlin and vice versa. After her first, quite radical and politically based performances, the artist combined her Chinese tradition and Western day-to-day-life, and thus created a dialogue between the two cultures. With the help of an elaborated choice of materials, a high precision in her arrangements and the perfect matching of visual and acustic components, Qin is not only staging the room, but its content, too. Her sound installation ´Chan Juan – Mondfrauen´ consists of bright yellow gowns with oversized skirts and sleeves, dating back from pre-revolutionary times. Media (silk as a luxury good, symbol of the silk road) and colour (yellow as the color of the emperor) gain a metaphorical meaning and are turned into cultural symbols.
ZHU JINSHI is exhibiting the floor-to-ceiling sculpture ´Gazing at Flowers through the Mist II´ made of traditional rice paper, one of his favourite material. By illuminating the artwork with yellowy and reddish light from behind, the artist animates the sculpture. The photograph ´Post-Buddhist ´ is granting an intimate look through Zhu´s studio window into a typical Beijing courtyard whereas the visual and thematical focal point lies on the small Buddha statue outside the window. Like Qin Yufen, Zhu Jinshi is going back and forth between Berlin and Beijing, West and East, while he sees his life and his works as a critical reconstruction of the traditional Chinese culture.
The Beijing photographer CHI PENG (*1981) shows his latest work ´Sun´, a photograph which doesn´t only impress because of its sheer length (8m) but also with its intense red colour. Like his former oeuvre, this work is dominated by young men, who run naked against the background of a Beijing scenery, on the other hand, these people sharpely contrast with several, dressed protogonists. The latter, presenting the look of the ´sporty Westener´, are either indifferently sitting on a park bench or serve as an active beholder. Due to the fragmentary picture composition, the varying motion stages of the runner and the visual interruption of the photo by a parkway of trees, the spectator encounters a kind of ´flip-book´ impression . Drop-shaped bubbles, seemingly dangling from the ceiling and bearing naked bodies, enhance the perception of a strange, even surreal world.
Pure and not at all, less exciting is the 16-piece b/w photo series by the artists RONGRONG (*1968) and inri (*1973) who captivate the audience with their emotionally charged self portraits. Hand in hand in front of a giant mountain, happily frolicking or crossing sand dunes, the beauty of nude bodies in the face of the remarkable landscape of Fujisan.
Exhibition Duration: March 18, 2005 - May 06th, 2005 | Tue - Sat 11 am - 6 pm