The Fondation Louis Vuitton presents the works of 11 artists from its collection.

From 27 January to 29 August 2016, the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris features a hanging of works from its collection, presenting 11 young and established artists from China.

Xu Zhen, 'New', 2014, stainless steel, 130 x 110 x 402 cm. Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton. © Xu Zhen. Image courtesy the artist and MadeIn Company.

Xu Zhen, ‘New’, 2014, stainless steel, 130 x 110 x 402 cm. Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton. © Xu Zhen. Image courtesy the artist and MadeIn Company.

Yang Fudong, 'The Coloured Sky : New Women II', 2014, video installation, 15m:48s. Co-produced with ACMI Melbourne and Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki. Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton. © Yang Fudong. Image courtesy the artist, Galerie Marian Goodman ; ACMI Melbourne and Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki. Photo: Aurélien Mole.

Yang Fudong, ‘The Coloured Sky: New Women II’, 2014, video installation,
15m:48s. Co-produced with ACMI Melbourne and Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki. Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton. © Yang Fudong. Image courtesy the artist, Galerie Marian Goodman; ACMI Melbourne and Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki. Photo: Aurélien Mole.

Descending on Level 1, Yang Fudong’s Tonight Moon (2000) and New Women II (2014) provide a dreamlike atmosphere. The first is a large projection onto a wall with 24 tiny LCD screens embedded in it, plus 3 television-sized monitors. The centerpiece is the scholars’ gardens of Suzhou, while old men swim through the water and men in suits appear on the monitors through trees and boats. The tiny LCD screens show clips from old Chinese movies. In New Women II, Yang presents a trio of women on the brink of sexuality, depicted in an oniric, surreal microcosm.

From April, Yang’s Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest (2003) will be projected in Galleries 1, 2 and 3.

Cao Fei, 'Live in RMB City', 2009, video, colour, sound, 24m:50s. Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton. © Cao Fei. Image courtesy the artist and Cao Fei Studio.

Cao Fei, ‘Live in RMB City’, 2009, video, colour, sound, 24m:50s. Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton. © Cao Fei. Image courtesy the artist and Cao Fei Studio.

Cao Fei’s work RMB City (2009) represents a virtual utopia, a city the artist’s online world of Second Life. Combining pop and traditional aesthetics, the artist tests the boundaries between virtual and physical existence, the real and the imagined.

Zhang Xiaogang, 'My Ideal', 2008, Bronze, dimensions variables, 'My Ideal', 2003-2008, oil on canvas, 279 x 500 cm. Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton. © Zhang Xiaogang. Image courtesy Zhang Xiaogang Studio and Pace Gallery.

Zhang Xiaogang, ‘My Ideal’, 2008, bronze, dimensions variables, oil on canvas, 279 x 500 cm. Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton. © Zhang Xiaogang. Image courtesy Zhang Xiaogang Studio and Pace Gallery.

A classic Zhang Xiaogang work entitled My Ideal (2008) combines a large scale painting with five sculptures depicting typical figures from Chinese society, including worker, farmer, student, soldier and shopkeeper.

Isaac Julien, 'Ten Thousand Waves', 2010, video installation, 49m:42s. Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton. © Isaac Julien. Image courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Isaac Julien, ‘Ten Thousand Waves’, 2010, video installation, 49m:42s. Collection de la Fondation Louis Vuitton. © Isaac Julien. Image courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Closing the exhibition is a video installation by London-based artist Isaac Julien (b. 1960, London) entitled Ten Thousand Waves (2010). The work, produced in collaboration by leading figures in China’s art scene, functions as a homage to Chinese culture and comprises references to Chinese calligraphy, 1930s cinema and other art forms. The installation mixes the life stories of Chinese workers with the legend of the Chinese Goddess Mazu, performed Chinese actress Maggie Cheung.

C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia

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Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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