With Cube, Yang Zhenzhong Challenges Reality

With Cube, Yang Zhenzhong Challenges Reality
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Curated by Chinese critic and curator Du Xiyun, this exhibition is the second instalment of the series Me & Beuys conceived by the HOW Art Museum to showcase the works of Joseph Beuys, whose works are part of its permanent collection, by bringing them into play with the works of contemporary Chinese artists inspired directly by the German master himself. This time, it’s up to the multifaceted artist Yang Zhenzhong (Hangzhou, 1968) and his work Cube, created with mirrors and red hoses. Starting in 2009 with the work Black Board, mirrors and metal became part of the artistic vocabulary of Yang, often placing the public at the centre of a staged scene and creating a collision between public and private, where illusion and reality coexist and intersect. In Cube, the artist continues this work begun years earlier. In this new work, the constant interaction between the public and mirrors, architecture and the individual, and the subsequent creation of new spaces, gives rise to new relations and time-space perceptions in which the world of illusion and simulation create new possibilities and truths. It is hard to determine whether the real protagonists are the individuals, their continual changes or the space itself which, in constant regeneration, expands beyond the imaginable, the visible - all to create conceptual and visual experiences that defy perceptions and the definitions of reality.

Manuela Lietti - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai