Isaac Julien | The Collection, A selection of Chinese works

The Collection, A selection of Chinese works

27 January – 5 September 2016

List of artists:

Ai Weiwei – born in 1957 in Beijing
Huang Yong Ping – born in 1954 in Xiamen
Zhang Huan – born in 1965 in An Yang
Yan Pei-Ming – born in 1960 in Shanghai
Xu Zhen – bron in 1977 in Shanghai
Yang Fudong – born in 1971 in Beijing
Cao Fei – born in 1978 in Canton
Zhang Xiaogang – born in 1958 in Kunming
Tao Hui – born in 1987 in Chongqinq
Zhou Tao – born in 1976 in Changsha
Isaac Julien – born in 1960 in London

The new exhibition will present a selection of Chinese works from the Collection of the Louis Vuitton Foundation, with eleven artists.

Level 2
The route starts at the last level (2) in the gallery 10/11 with Tree of Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping’s works and Long Island Buddha of Zhang Huan, monumental works, imbued with a contemplative dimension, combining Eastern and references Western.
Gallery 9: History of large format paintings Yan Pei-Ming and Zhang Huan use a monochrome of black and gray which gives them a dramatic dimension. In the center stands the sculpture of Xu Zhen, Eternity, which superimposes two icons: a famous bodhisattva and tthe Victory of Samothrace. WIth New (8 Gallery), Xu Zhen Guan Yin transforms, one of the most revered goddesses of the Chinese Buddhist pantheon in Figure popiste considerably enlarged and colorized.

Level 1
Gallery 5, two facilities Tonight Moon (2000) and New Women II (2014) Yang Fudong to plunge the audience into a dream atmosphere. From April 201y6, the entire 5 black and white film cycle Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest, by the same artist, will be shown in galleries 1,2 and 3. Gallery 6: Cao Fei uses his videos of animation, Second Life codes, combining different universes from pop and traditional culture. Gallery 7: My ideal, ZhangXiaogang, consists of paintings and five sculptures. This family and social portrait shows the various figures of Chinese society: worker, peasant, student, soldier, and merchant.

Level 0
Gallery 4: The course ends with the installation Ten Thousand Waves of Isaac Julien. Tribute to Chinese culture with specific references (calligaphy, cinema of the 30s etc …), the work was designes in collaboratino with the great figures of the art scene. On the polyphonic mode, the installation crosses the story of a news story involving Chinese workers with the Chinese legend of the goddess Mazu, played byh the star Maggie Cheung.

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ABOUT Isaac Julien

Filmmaker and installation artist, Isaac Julien CBE RA, was born in 1960 in London, where he currently lives and works. His multi-screen film installations and photographs incorporate different artistic disciplines to create a poetic and unique visual language. His 1989 documentary-drama exploring author Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance titled Looking for Langston garnered Julien a cult following while his 1991 debut feature Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Having recently worked on conserving and restoring Looking for Langston images from his extensive archive, he exhibited of photographic works at Victoria Miro Gallery, London (2017), Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco (2016) and Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam (2016) with a screening of the film in its original 16mm print at Tate Britain.

Julien’s solo exhibitions and presentations include Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town (2017); Platform-L Contemporary Art Centre, Seoul (2017); The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (2017); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2016); MAC Niterói, Rio de Janeiro (2016); Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City (2016); De Pont Museum, Netherlands (2015); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2013); The Bass Museum, Miami (2010); Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2009); Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2005); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2005) and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2005). His latest work, Stones Against Diamonds, was shown in 2015 as part of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme at the Venice Biennale, at Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach.

Julien participated in the Venice Biennale at the inaugural Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th edition in 2017 with Western Union: Small Boats. Previously, he presented Kapital and directed Das Kapital Oratorio in the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor, in 2015. His work has also been exhibited in the 7th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2008); Prospect 1, New Orleans (2008); Performa 07, New York (2007) and in documenta 11, Kassel (2002).

Julien’s work is held in collections that include: Tate, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; the LUMA Foundation, Arles; the Kramlich Collection; the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town. In 2016 the Towner Art Gallery Collection (Eastbourne, UK) acquired Ten Thousand Waves (2010) as part of a Moving Image Fund program. Ten Thousand Waves, a globally acclaimed multiple screen installation work, premiered at the 2010 Sydney Biennale and has gone on to be exhibited extensively – recently at Platform-L in Seoul (2017) and Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris (2016) as well as the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2013, with whom he also published a comprehensive monographic survey of his life and work, titled ‘Riot’.

Julien has taught extensively, holding posts such as Chair of Global Art at University of Arts London (2014-2016) and Professor of Media Art at Staatliche Hoscschule fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany (2008 – 2016). He is the recipient of the James Robert Brudner ‘83 Memorial Prize and Lectures at Yale University (2016). Most recently he received the Charles Wollaston Award (2017), for most distinguished work at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and in 2018, he was made a Royal Academician. Julien was awarded the title Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours, 2017.

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