In Chinese mythology, the Jade Emperor is said to have hosted a race to decide the animals and the order of the Chinese Zodiac. This tale is known as The Great Race. Embracing this Asian tale and to commemorate Mazel
Galerie’s first Chinese New Year in Singapore, we present an East-meets-West exhibition. 12 of our European artists express their interpretations of the 12 Chinese Zodiacs while remaining true to their artistic line whilst interlacing in the ideologies of Asian Culture.
A real race will take place within our walls with French artist, Lionel Sabatté’s Rat made of Parisian dust arriving in first place, after riding on the back of Karl, Sabatte's concrete- made Ox, who came in a close second. Not far behind arrived two very fast animals: firstly, the Tiger by NOIR, and Etienne Cail, and then the Rabbit, beautifully represented by the colours of stencil-artist C215. Fifth is a majestic Dragon by MONK, whose allure had caught the emperor’s attention. Then wriggles in the Snake by Stéphane Pencréac’h. The seventh and eight positions fell onto a beautiful cast iron Horse by Mauro Corda and a happy jumping Sheep by Hubert Le Gall respectively. Far behind and swimming through the flowing river came Quentin Garel’s Monkeys that look like wood, but in fact, are made of bronze! Following closely behind arrived the Rooster, made from recyclable plastic by William Sweetlove, and a Jeff-Koons-like Dog by Laurina Paperina. Arriving last and being the final animal to make it into the Chinese Zodiac was the Pig, painted in different forms by Vincent Corpet.
Whether you were born in the year of the passionate horse, or if you simply connect with the sincere pig in Chinese mythology, this show is for everyone. Which Chinese Zodiac are you?