Image courtesy of Haoyue Jiang, Eileen Chang, 2004, acrylic on canvas
‘Storytelling’, a solo show by Liu Ye
November 10, 2018 – January 20, 2019
Prada Rong Zhai
Prada presents ‘Storytelling’, a solo show by Chinese painter Liu Ye curated by Udo Kittelmann, with the support of Fondazione Prada.
Image courtsey of Private Collection of W. Tanoko, Indonesia, Untitled, 1997-98
On view from 10 November 2018 to 20 January 2019, it will take place in the premises of Rong Zhai, a 1918 historical residence in Shanghai restored by Prada and reopened in October 2017. The exhibition project will show the work of Liu Ye through a selection of 30 paintings realized from 1992 onwards.
Image courtesy of Private Collection, Beijing, Catherine Deneuve, 2012. Photo: Cao Yong
Liu Ye expresses an intimate and sensual imagination, that feeds on heterogeneous sources related to literature, history of art and popular culture from the Western and Eastern hemisphere, giving rise to atmospheres which evoke introspection, purity and suspension. In the artist’s oeuvre the stylistic features of fairy-tales coexist with the sense of humor and a parodic vein.
Image courtesy of Private Collection, Beijing, Book Painting No.20, 2017. Photo: Cao Yong
The sequence of the rooms of Rong Zhai‘s two main floors will punctuate the exhibition, revealing unexpected resonances between Liu Ye‘s paintings, and their relation to the architectural and decorative elements. Visitors will be invited to freely move around the different spaces in order to create a palimpsest of images, memories and new stories told by the artist.