In BLUE ROOM the Chinese artist Yang Shaobin (b. 1963) created an encounter between the powerless, the powerful and the rest of us who looked on. Portraits of well-known world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin hang side by side with portraits of completely unknown adults and children, all victims of pollution and natural disasters. Caught in the crossfire of these gazes the visitor could reflect upon whom to hold responsible.
Yang Shaobin became part of the emerging Chinese art scene in the 1990s. His sociocritical paintings deal with subjects like violence, oppression and poverty, locally as well as globally.
BLUE ROOM was Yang Shaobin’s first solo exhibition in Denmark.
In 2013, the Danish COBRA painter would have been 100 years old. To mark the occasion ARKEN is showing a major exhibition of over 200 of the artist’s paintings, watercolours, drawings, sculptures, mosaics, ceramic works and poems. Carl-Henning Pedersen had a strong urge to create and throughout his life he sought to conjure up the direct spontaneous image.
The exhibition is shown at the Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelt Museum in Herning, 21 September 2013 - 9 February 2014.
The exhibition presented the Chinese artist Qiu Anxiong’s video installation The New Book of Mountains and Seas II, an aquisition for ARKEN's Collection.
The work, which Qiu Anxiong (b. 1972) has created from 6000 of his hand drawings, presents a poetic account of how biochemistry, cloning and other new technologies intervene radically in nature and human life.
Qiu Anxiong takes his point of departure in the more than 2000-year-old Chinese "geography book" Shang Hai Jing (The Book of Mountains and Seas), which maps the known world on the basis of the mythological world-picture of the age.