Kunsthalle Zurich presents Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise. Works 1993–2013

Kunsthalle Zurich presents Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise. Works 1993–2013 on view 6 April–26 May 2013.

Yang Fudong (born in 1971 in Beijing, lives and works in Shanghai) is one of the most important figures of China’s contemporary art scene and independent cinema movement. He came to the attention of the Western art world in 2002, when he premiered his film An Estranged Paradise (1997–2002) at Documenta XI. His films and photographic work, often rooted in traditional Chinese painting, examine tensions between urban and rural, history and the present, worldliness and intellectualism. Their atemporal and dreamlike quality, long and suspended sequences, dividing narratives, as well as multiple relationships and story lines reflect the conundrums of idealism and ideology of a new generation. At the same time, the works address the ideals and anxieties of young people who are struggling to find their place in the fast-paced changes of present-day China.

Estranged Paradise. Works 1993–2013, curated by Beatrix Ruf and Philippe Pirotte, is Yang Fudong’s first major institutional survey exhibition in Europe, presenting film, installation as well as photography from the late 1990s until today, highlighting the formal aspects of the construction of cinema in the artist’s oeuvre and its resonance in Film Noir aesthetics. Following the exhibition in Zurich, the show will travel to the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (21 August–1 December).

The publication Yang Fudong. Estranged Paradise. Works 1993–2013 will be published in collaboration with UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at JRP|Ringier Kunstverlag. It contains numerous images and texts by Philippe Pirotte, Colin Chinnery, Ho Rui An and Rey Chow. With kind support by Sifang Art Museums in Nanjing.

Artist talk
Saturday, 6 April, 12pm
Yang Fudong in conversation with Philippe Pirotte, Adjunct Senior Curator, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Beatrix Ruf, Director Kunsthalle Zürich

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