For this show, Fireflies for lanterns, the artist created a site-specific project through which he could trace the nature of his current interests and reflect on the role of art in a “hiper-connected” world.
The works on display – three different types of paiting and two light installations – were conceived with the aim of creating a new dialogue between them as well as with the museum spaces (including a Renaissance chapel) and a painting by Giorgio Morandi from the Collezione Alberto Della Ragione.
This work, a Natura morta (Still life) from 1923/24, was chosen by Wang for display in his exhibition to suggest that the subject of his recent work is the “illusory search for objectivity”.
A goal that can be achieved, this comparison seems to say, through a precarious, inebriating balace between the everyday and surreal.
Morandi’s work is well known to the Chinese artist, since his paintings were help up as models for emulation when he was studying painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, where he is now professor of Experimental Art.
The exhibition Fireflies for lanterns comprises five new bodies of work that are striking for their variety in spite of being all linked by their shared investigation of light.
Wang Yuyang’s exhibition represents an event of absolute scientific value and openness toward international research. After having hosted the artists Ulla von Brandenburg and Jose Dàvila, from Europe and Central America respectively, the museum turns its gaze to Asia in presenting the first solo exhibition in Europe by Yuyang, a leading figure in Chinese contemporary art.