BEIJING.- UCCA will present Nature & Innocents, an exhibition by painter Yan Pei-Ming, from June 18 to September 13, 2009. Nature & Innocents will stand as a surprising exhibition and for the first time in Yan Pei-Mings career, he will produce a show without canvases. Huge landscapes directly painted onto UCCA big halls walls, will frame a series of painted flags, representing portraits of 200 new born Chinese children. Imagined as an experimental walk through, the exhibition powerfully conveys Yan Pei Mings intentions and gives the audience an opportunity to discover the victims, memories and a vision of united nations in a landscape of crisis.
Yan Pei-Ming has been absorbed in portraits for a long time. He said, I have never felt that it is necessary to put anything around the people; I just want to draw portraits. The figures in his portraits ranging from Mao Zedong, Bruce Lee, his father, self-portraits, to Pope John Paul II and Barack Obama are so full of action that they become a reflection on the contemporary society of natural selection and the survival of the fittest. His works reflect the artists concerns about societys conflicts and international politics, and present his ongoing concern for the issue of a universal human nature.
Following the artists exhibition at the Musée du Louvre, Paris and the San Francisco Art Institute, UCCA is proud to be part of Yan Pei-Mings year, presenting the artist in this specially commissioned show in his home country. This is only his second large solo exhibition to be held in China after his solo exhibition After Shanghai, Dijon in 2004.