THIS IS THE FIRST SOLO EXHIBTION IN EUROPE FOR THE CHINESE ARTIST WANG YUYANG (HARBIN, 1979). THE SUBJECT OF THE SIXTH APPOINTMENT OF THE DUEL SERIES, DESIGNED BY THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE MUSEO NOVECENTO, SERGIO RISALITI, WHICH CALLS GUEST CURATORS IN TURN TO COLLABORATE WITH ACTIVE ARTISTS ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE TO REALIZE SITE-SPECIFIC EXHIBITIONS INSPIRED BY THE MUSEUM’S PERMANENT COLLECTION.
The new exhibition, Lucciole per Lanterne, organized in collaboration with Massimo De Carlo Milan / London / Hong Kong and curated by Lorenzo Bruni, places Yuyang’s works – three pictorial series and two light installations – in an open dialogue with Still Life by Giorgio Morandi (1923 – 24) from the Alberto Della Ragione Collection.
Yuyang chose Morandi’s painting for the similarities to his own research on the illusion of objectivity and the balance between an abstract and figurative image. It also pays homage to the years of his training, when the young artist studied and reproduced the works of the Bolognese master in the classroom of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China, where he is now a professor of experimental art.
The title – Lucciole per lanterne (Fireflies for Lanterns) – invokes the error of interpretation that one can easily fall for when we trust a superficial observation and judge the phenomena of reality. This exhibition is an important stage in the artistic research of Wang Yuyang and links to a reflection on how the means of technical reproduction, both analogical and digital, can influence the perception of everyday life, of collective memory and of the role of art.
The artist describes his interest in science and new technologies: “My painting Moon,” explains Yuyang, “is a faithful copy of the images produced by space agencies, characterized by various shades of gray. To make them, first, I wear a pair of digital glasses that allow me to see everything in black and white. Then, I begin to paint choosing the oil colors from a palette on which I previously deleted the names of the various colors. Consequently, at the end of the process, all the colors that we see on the canvas are put together in a random way. The final image corresponds to the color that the Moon could have in another space. If the public, however, looks at the colorful picture using the screen of their smartphone in black and white mode, it is as if it immediately returned to our reality.”
Wang Yuyang (born 1979, Harbin, China) graduated from the China Central Academy of Drama and the Central Academy of Fine Arts. Currently the artist lives in Beijing, where he has been teaching since 2008 at the School of Experiment Art at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited in such important public collections as: K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong; Long Museum, Shanghai; Art Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing and Power Station of Art, Shanghai.
Curated by Lorenzo Bruni
Lucciole per lanterne is produced in collaboration with the Massimo De Carlo gallery, Milan / London / Hong Kong.
Thank you to CAFA Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing.