FAURSCHOU FOUNDATION IN VENICE
: PAINTING AS SHOOTING
CURATED BY JÉRÔME SANS
FONDAZIONE GIORGIO CINI
ISOLA DI SAN GIORGIO MAGGIORE
08 MAY – 02 AUGUST 2015
Liu Xiaodong is considered one of China’s most influential painters of the last two decades. He is one of the leading figurative painters of the “New Generation” of contemporary Chinese Realism of the 90s and one of China’s foremost artists.
This exhibition focuses on a unique selection of some of his most important recent projects dealing with major global sociological, cultural, economic, ecological and environmental issues from the past ten years; presenting the journey of a voyageur moving through the images of the various worlds and situations he has witnessed, in locations worldwide from China and Asia to Cuba, Europe and Israel.
Liu Xiaodong is a painter of everyday life. His images are of family and friends set against modest scenery capturing ordinary moments, such as eating, laughing or playing games. However, in-depth exploration of what is hidden behind the small stories that populate the surface of his work reveals a much bigger picture. Xiaodong’s paintings are pointing with simple gestures to the reality of the periphery, the margins and the paradoxes of our contemporary society. It is the reality that no one dares to speak about; the tough reality of daily existence that reaches out to us from displaced communities – from migrant workers, victims of ecological and natural disasters and sex workers to the new homeless – all sharing the dream of a better life.
PAINTING AS SHOOTING
Liu Xiaodong approaches his work with the eyes and the storyboard practice of a filmmaker. Each of the artist’s major works begins with a simple idea from one of his daily diary entries, describing the events he has witnessed, photos he has taken or people he has met, and then transforms them into live characters on his canvas. In a way the artist’s paintings resemble a production set where he acts as a director who collaborates with actors to play, record or recreate a situation, various impressions or the effects thereof. It is hereby that Liu Xioadong embodies the concept of ‘painting as shooting’.
Faurschou Foundation is a privately owned art institution with a collection of contemporary art, with exhibition venues at Copenhagen North Harbour as well as Beijing’s attractive art neighbourhood 798. Faurschou Foundation introduces the visitors to some of the world’s most acclaimed artists. Faurschou Foundation’s collection is constantly developed and expanded. Over a very short period since its establishment in 2011 Faurschou Foundation has profiled itself as a significant art institution with solo exhibitions of among other artists Ai Weiwei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Louise Bourgeois, Shirin Neshat, Gabriel Orozco, Danh Vo, and Bill Viola.
Top: Liu Xiaodong’s mobile studio in De Lingha, Qinghai Province, China, July 2007
Out Of Beichuan, 2010, Oil on Canvas,
300 x 400 cm
East, 2011, Oil on canvas, 250 x 300 cm
In Between Israel and Palestine n°6, Oil on canvas, diptych, 30 x 20 cm each
Jincheng Airport, 2010, Oil on canvas, 300 x 400 cm