HERMANN NITSCH I YANG SHAOBIN: RETOUR CHINA
Opening: 29th June 2006, 7 - 9 p.m.
Exhibition: 30th June - 9th September 2006
Summer recesse: July 31st - August 26th 2006
While Alexander Ochs has shown only East Asian artists in his Berlin gallery since its foundation in 1997, the White Space gallery in Beijing, established in 2004, has followed a different path. In a series of exhibitions entitled "EurAsian Dialogues", White Space has shown Jörg Immendorf / Fang Lijun, A.R. Penck / Yang Shaobin, Franz Gertsch / Fang Lijun and, in an exhibition that ended last week, the Austrian Hermann Nitsch in conjunction with the Chinese painter and sculptor Yang Shaobin, born in 1963.
More than 2000 visitors went to see the exhibition that provoked a great deal of interest in China. The Chinese media described the interplay between the two artists as "the event of the year" and Nitsch in particular was celebrated by artists, curators and the media alike. The TODAY ART MUSEUM in Beijing is in the process of organising an extensive exhibition with the artist for 2007.
Prompted by Yang Shaobin (who had reproduced a work by Nitsch as a reference in his catalogue), Alexander Ochs curated the show in Beijing. Conversely, it was Hermann Nitsch who suggested the Berlin exhibition. And so the Berlin gallery is making an exception by including a renowned European artist in its RETOUR CHINA exhibition.
While the exhibition in Beijing was set up as a dialogue, the artists have mixed their works together for the Berlin show, which comprises a variety of media ranging from painting and installation to sculpture, photography, drawing and video art.
Both in China and in the West, Yang Shaobin is described as one of the top contemporary artists along with Fang Lijun, Zhang Xiaogang, Yue Minjun and Wang Guangyi. He experienced his international breakthrough when he participated in the "Biennale di Venezia 48", curated by Harald Szeeman. In the works created for the RETOUR CHINA exhibition, the Chinese artist makes a stylistic reference to his "red and bloody" pictures shown at the Biennale and stays true to the subject of "violence and catharsis". This constitutes the thematic nexus between his own work and that of Hermann Nitsch, who uses splatter paintings, photographs and action relics to focus his presentation upon a reflection on his "Mystery-Orgy Theatre".
A catalogue with texts by Britta Schmitz and Sebastian Press will accompany the exhibition.
Hermann Nitsch will be exhibit in cooperation with Gallery Heike Curtze Wien I Berlin.
For further questions and information please contact Ulrike Grelck.