Maze Looking for Chinese Art-2, 2008
Oil on canvas
300 × 400 cm, diptych
The charm of landscapes, cliffs, trees or water shrouded in mist has always had a great appeal for artists. In Chinese art, this fascination has a long tradition under the heading of Shan-shui.
In this work, Yue Minjun doesn’t concentrate on reproducing a true image of a visible outer world, but reflects his inner experience. The opposite poles of mountain and water, free landscapes and enclosed maze, are subjected to a dynamic exchange as a symbol of the balance in the world.
Harmony and Transition – Reflecting Chinese Landscapes, Museum Marta Herford, June 20 – October 4, 2015