Yan Pei-Ming: Tigres & Vautours

Yan Pei-Ming: Tigres & Vautours

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Exhibition Catalog

Palais des Papes and Collection Lambert, Musee d'art contemporain, Avignon, 2021.

172 pp. 120 col. ills. 29 x 23 cm. Bilingual in English and French. Hardcover.

ISBN 9782330150891

Yan Pei-Ming’s dual exhibition at the Collection Lambert and in the Grand Chapel of the Palais des Papes follows in a long tradition of exhibitions in the pontifical palace. In recent years Yan Pei-Ming has developed several projects in close association with emblematic sites, at the Villa Médicis, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Courbet, and the Petit Palais. And again, today, in this new exhibition, Yan Pei-Ming reveals all the ambition of a body of work firmly anchored in the contemporary world, but whose essence is contained in its vast appreciation of space and time, that enlists the past so that we can look at the present with renewed, ever-questioning, awareness. The exhibition at the Collection Lambert consists of almost forty artworks from almost forty years of career. The figures of Popes Innocent X and Paul III, of Bruce Lee, Che Guevara, Marilyn, Martin Luther King, Lee Harvey Oswald, John F. Kennedy, or Mao, share the ground floor galleries of the 18th-century mansions alongside the portraits of other men and women – American soldiers, Sudanese immigrants and children, prostitutes, anonymous faces, the artist’s parents – and imaginary landscapes of exodus or representations of wild animals, tigers and vultures. All tell us of the extraordinary power of Yan Pei-Ming’s painting to embrace centuries of history in one fell swoop to take on board, alongside the figures that have shaped civilisation, the unknown destinies of those who make up the people that history “looks directly at”, to borrow the term from Georges Didi-Huberman.

Subject Headings: Asian Art (Western Style) ; Eastern and Western European Art ; Non-Western in a Western Style ; Western Art -- China ; France -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Painting -- Other Non-American Minority --

Artist(s): Yan Pei-Ming

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