Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in Shandong, China and studied sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, graduating with an MFA in 2001. Better known as ‘The Invisible Man’ in media circles. He discusses the social concerns of his home country through his artistic practice, most prominently through his ‘camouflage’ installations. Traversing mediums such as performance, photography, Liu Bolin dissects the tense relationship between the individual and society by ‘disappearing’ into environments which are sites of contention and criticism.
His “Hiding in the City” series has been displayed in numerous museums and institutions across the globe. His artistic commitment began in the 1990s as China was recovering from the devastating effects of the Cultural Revolution, with its economic development on the upswing and the stabilization of its political situation. Liu‘s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide. He has collaborated with prominent artists including Kenny Scharf, JR, Jon Bon Jovi, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Fernando Botero, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Annie Leibovitz.
In 2013, Liupresented a TED Talk, which has been viewed by millions of viewers online. In 2015, he was commissioned by the United Nations Global Goals campaign to create an image to promote 17 goals – including ending poverty and encouraging sustainable development and the fight against social injustice and inequality – where he faded into the backdrop of 193 country flags.
Three very tall bronze sculptures with the unusual shapes of sinuously twisted columns and elliptical spirals that rise towards the sky in a seemingly precarious balance, stand out in Corso Sebastopoli, Turin, right in front of the entrance to the Olympic Stadium, the former municipal stadium so renamed during the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics. Read more
Christophe Szkudlarek is a textile designer for fashion and houses and an illustrator. He lives and works either in Normandy or Paris (France). He is currently working for various leading trend agencies, lingerie companies, and fashion and furnishing industries. Read more
Old and New Dreams: Recent Acquisitions in a Collection highlights acquisitions made over the past two years, situating them in relation to hallmark historical examples from MOCA's renowned collection. Recently added works by Camille Henrot, Ian Cheng, Essie Bendolph Pettway, and Trulee Hall, among many others, share space with canonical works across four distinct galleries, each oriented towards themes that have been present in MOCA's Collection from its earliest days. Read more