After three year’s work, and through 855 paintings ranging from massive to miniscule in size, Dong Yuan imagines the unlikely marriage between a Western fantasy universe and rural Chinese peasant life scene. Dong creates a comprehensive and lively world in which everything has its own role and position. Dualistic oppositions cease to exist in this universe—ritual and reality, and tradition and the transcendental coincide seamlessly, as metaphysical thought and religious ideas intermingle with the homespun and unsophisticated.
For Dong Yuan, her grandmother’s house represents the site of her earliest memories and ideas about the world. On the other hand, the extraordinary universe created by Bosch — the father of European surrealist art — addresses the deep desire of the artist to move beyond the mundane life. Dong’s work brings the Eastern god of money to the side of a Western judge. In Beijing’s 798 Art District, Dong Yuan’s grandmother’s house and Bosch’s magical garden come together in a mesmerizing clash of time and space.
About the exhibition
Duration: July 13 – August 21, 2013
Venue: Yang Gallery
Curator: Wei Xing
Chief Project Manager: Chen Meiling