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Almine Rech

Huang Yuxing: Under the Vault of Heaven

Oct 26, 2023 — Jan 1, 2024 | Long Museum (West Bund), Shanghai, China

The Long Museum presents 'Huang Yuxing: Under the Vault of Heaven'. 

In the summer of 1996, Huang Yuxing was gratified to receive an acceptance letter from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, yet this did not alleviate the self-doubt and anxiety about the growth that he had been experiencing. To escape from this predicament, he travelled to Xizang repeatedly with the intention of a temporary change of life. During his life in Lasa, besides painting, he had even become a lama for some time, studying and practising Buddhism in daily life and attending spiritual ceremonies… This not only relieved his physical and mental agitation, but most importantly, from then on, he had developed a new understanding of the world, the universe, and particularly of the self.

Upon his return to Beijing, Huang Yuxing created a body of works that was tinged with Expressionism and Fauvism. Most of these works take the human body as the subject matter, pervaded with an obscure, depressing, eerie and restless mood, as a part of his initial exploration of painting (visual and conceptual) itself (e.g., Mondrian, Modigliani, Chagall). But for him, the real impetus comes from confronting the deviation of the self and revealing his true feelings.

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