Surreal Realities - Ji Dachun, Liu Wei, Mu Boyan
Curator:Beate Reifenscheid ( Director)
Prof. Dr. Joachim Hofmann-Göttig (Mayor of Koblenz)
Wen LI (Cultural Attaché on behalf of the Consulate General the People's Republic of China)
Figurative painting has dominated China during the last decades. Its beginning started with the Cynical Realism movement to which Liu Wei (born 1965) belonged. As one of its most important representatives he had already been shown at the Biennale in Venice in 1995. With his paintings, which drew from Chinese ink painting as well as from Expressionistic Colorism, he developed a distinctive style very early on. Today he engages with the possibilities of ink painting and its break from tradition again. Ji Dachun (born 1968) became popular at the beginning of his career especially because of his surreal collages in which he associatively combines absurdism in a veristic manner. In particular he showed animals in complex compositions or landscapes which crystalized as mini-universes. For a few years now he has mostly painted in an abstract manner and developed landscapes which more and more subvert the audiences view. The youngest among them, Mu Boyan (born 1976), had already become popular at the beginning of 2000 through his hyperrealistic sculptures in which he exclusively portraits thick, naked men looking like sedate sumo-wrestlers in equally absurd situations. Here elements like absurdity, surrealism and abstract embrace.