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Long Museum debuts three solo shows

By Zhang Kun | China Daily | Updated: 2021-02-22 07:43
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Blue Mountains at Sunset by Yin Zhaoyang is among creations on show at the three solo exhibitions at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Three solo exhibitions featuring artists Yin Zhaoyang, Chen Yujun and Li Shurui are running at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai.

"All three are heavyweights in China's contemporary art scene," Long Museum's founding director Wang Wei said at the joint opening on Jan 31.

"Each artist presents their inner worlds in their creations. And from that, they speak about their individual observations for the age and world we live in."

Yin Zhaoyang occupies the museum's central space. The 50-year-old Beijing-based artist spent more than three years preparing for the exhibition, A Vast History, where he presents "oil, ink, sculptures and print-everything I worked with",he says.

The unique main hall at Long Museum was "such a special space in the global contemporary art scene. There's nothing comparable to it but the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern", Yin says.

Among the artworks are oil paintings that are as long as 11 meters, and ink-wash paintings as high as 5 meters. Yin is especially fascinated with the varied textures represented in ancient Chinese art, as well as the real surface textures and qualities of rocks, which he reproduces with several large fiberglass sculptures.

"Artists can express ourselves and show rich emotions through different textures and characteristics," Yin says. His exhibition will conclude on March 28.

Chen Yujun, an artist from Fujian who's based in Shanghai, has chosen to invite fellow artists working with a wide range of media to join him in his exhibition, Shengzhang, or Growth.

The 44-year veteran created the first part of his exhibition, taking inspiration from a deserted luxury mansion in a small town in Zhejiang province. Once coveted and highly valued, the fancy 10-meter-long bathtub, golden decor and large rooms are now empty and forgotten.

"It makes one think about their value and the ideas that one firmly holds," Chen says.

Age of Prosperity by Li Shurui is among creations on show at the three solo exhibitions at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai. [Photo provided to China Daily]
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