NEWS
October 2018

PRADA PRESENTS “STORYTELLING”, A SOLO SHOW BY LIU YE AT PRADA RONG ZHAI

Prada presents “Storytelling”, a solo show by Chinese painter Liu Ye curated by Udo Kittelmann, with the support of Fondazione Prada.

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.

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.

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. 

Gallery
Romeo, 2002 Acrylic on canvas 65x80 cm Fu Ruide Collection, Netherlands
Bird on Bird, 2011 Acrylic on canvas 22x48 cm Wang Bing Collection, Beijing
Prelude, 2018 Acrylic on canvas 40x30 cm Private Collection, Beijing. Photo: Cao Yongc (曹勇)
Chet Baker, 2009 Acrylic on canvas 40x30 cm, Private Collection, Beijing
Miffy Getting Married, 2014 Acrylic on canvas 40x30 cm Private collection, Berlin
Scale, 1995 Oil and acrylic on canvas 35x25 cm Private Collection, Beijing
Book Painting No.1, 2013 Acrylic on canvas 30x40 cm Liu Lan Collection, Beijing
Book Painting No.20, (Blossfeldt, Urformen der kunst, verlag Ernst wasmuth GMBH, Berlin, 1936.), 2017 Acrylic on canvas 37,5x52 cm Private Collection, Beijing. Photo: Cao Yong (曹勇)
Catherine Deneuve, 2012 Acrylic on canvas 60x45 cm Private Collection, Beijing. Photo: Cao Yong (曹勇)
The Goddess, 2018 Acrylic on canvas 60x45 cm Private Collection, Beijing. Photo: Cao Yong(曹勇)
Untitled, 1997-98 Acrylic on canvas 170x200 cm Private Collection of W. Tanoko, Indonesia
Mondrian in the Morning, 2000 Acrylic on canvas 180x180 cm Private Collection, Beijing. Photo: Cao Yong (曹勇)