Liu Bolin. Visible/Invisible

From 15/05/2019 To 15/09/2020
Mudec Museum, Milan

LIU BOLIN

VISIBLE INVISIBLE

The Chinese performer known for his mimetic photography on display at Mudec Museum from the 15th May to 15th September 2019

The worldwide famous Chinese artist Liu Bolin (Shandong, 1973) is known to the general public for his mimetic performances, during which, thanks to an accurate body painting, his body is fully camouflaged integrated with the background.

Iconic sites, social issues, cultural identities known and hidden: Liu Bolin takes over the art of hiding in order to become thing among things, in order to highlight that every place, every object, even the smallest, has a soul. A soul that characterizes them and in which it is possible to disappear.

Contradictions between past and present, between the power exercised and the one suffered: this is the interpretation opposite and complementary on the nature of things, documented by Liu Bolin’s images. Exposé? Critical reflection? Political and social dispute? Liu Bolin’s artworks have several levels of interpretation, beside the expressive immediacy. Behind the photographic image that is captured in a instant there are the study, the installation, the painting, the artist performance: a process of realization that lasts even various days. As demonstration of how a photographic artistic image is never the result of chance, but the synthesis of a creative process often really complex, which reveals the artist conscience and his intimate knowledge of reality in all its complexity.

This is an interpretation of photographic performance that the space MUDEC PHOTO embraces fully, not limitating itself in this way to host only canonical photographic exhibits, broadening its view to the realm of photography ‘before the shot’, to the universe of formative research that it is in itself artistic performance, emotional engagement, waiting of the perfect moment, inner concentration and team work and finally the shot.

MUDEC PHOTO hosts its second photographic exhibition from its opening (in December 2018 with the exhibit Steve McCurry Animals) and let Liu Bolin narrates his art firsthand, with a performance specifically created for the MUDEC Museum. The performance has as background the iconic pieces of its permanent collection, a month prior of the exhibition opening.

The exhibit “Visible Invisible” is conceived ad hoc for Mudec exhibition spaces, produced and promoted by the City of Milan-Culture, MUDEC and 24 ORE Cultura- 24 ORE Group, in collaboration with Boxart Gallery and curated by Beatrice Benedetti.

On display about fifty artworks by Liu Bolin, among them the unreleased Rondanini Pietà shot at Sforza Castle in Milan and the photography – never seen before - of Caravaggio’s Room realized in 2019 at Galleria Borghese in Rome, along with the image shot at MUDEC among the finds of the permanent collection of the museum.

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Hiding in the city - Suojia Village
95x120 cm
2006
Cod. 17
Hiding in the city - N 1 of Civilian and Policeman
120x75 cm
2006
Cod. 22
Hiding in the city - The Laid-off workers
97,7 x 120 cm
2006
Cod. 76
In Front of the Red Flag
160 x 100 cm
2006
Cod. 67
Making the Government Budget Public
63 x 80 cm
2006
Cod. 64
Hiding in the city - Unify the thought to promote education more
118x150 cm
2007
Cod. 12
Demolition
47,2 x 37,4 in
2007
Cod. 200
Sleeping Lion
90 x 120 cm
2012
Cod. 43
Hiding in the city - Demolition
63x80 cm
2008
Cod. 8
Creeping Forward
59 x 63 in
2006
Cod. 208
Hiding in the city - Bird's Nest, Beijing
95x120 cm
2009
Cod. 24
Forbidden City
47,2 x 31,5 in
2010
Cod. 203
Great Wall, Beijing
80 x 120 cm
2010
Cod. 65
Temple of Heaven
47,2 x 37,4 in
2010
Cod. 201
Holding Democratic Elections by Law
46,4 x 59 / 37,4 x 47,2 / 24,8 x 35,4 in
2006
Cod. 209
Family Photo
112.5x150 cm
2012
Cod. 63
Mobile Phone
60 x 80 cm
2012
Cod. 78
Magazine, Rome
60 x 80 cm
2012
Cod. 0
Screens in Rest
35,4 x 47,2 / 44,3 x 59 in
2017
Cod. 210
Tropical Fruits
53,1 x 70,9 in
2013
Cod. 213
Soft Drinks
120x120 cm
2013
Cod. 59
Magazine Rack
47,2 x 37,4 in
2011
Cod. 202
Supermarket Pyongyang, North Korea
44,3 x 59 / 35,4 x 47,2 / 26,8 x 35,4 in
2018
Cod. 68
Green Food
90 x 120 cm
2011
Cod. 76
Hiding in Italy - Art Books
68 x 90 cm
2012
Cod. 34
Hiding in the Italy - Duomo di Milano
120 x 120 cm
2010
Cod. 27
Hiding in the Italy - Teatro alla Scala n°1
90 x 90 cm
2010
Cod. 25
Hiding in the Italy - Teatro alla Scala n°2
63 x 80 cm
2010
Cod. 26
Hiding in Italy - Ponte Sant'Angelo, Roma
90 x 120 cm
2012
Cod. 37
Hiding in Italy - Villa dei Misteri, Pompei
90x120 cm
2012
Cod. 40
Hiding in Italy - Colosseo n°1, Rome
35,4 x 47,2 / 44,3 x 59 in
2017
Cod. 63
Hiding in Italy - Colosseo n°2, Rome
26,8 x 35,4 in
2017
Cod. 64
Hiding in Italy - Sala del Trono, Reggia di Caserta
26,8 x 35,4 in
2017
Cod. 61
Hiding in Italy - Teatro di Corte, Reggia di Caserta
35,4 x 47,2 / 26,8 x 35,4 in
2017
Cod. 60
Moses, San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome
44,3 x 59 / 35,4 x 47,2 / 26,8 x 35,4 in
2018
Cod. 67
Spanish Steps, Rome
44,3 x 59 / 26,8 x 35,4 in
2018
Cod. 66
Caravaggio's Room, Borghese Gallery, Rome
35,4 x 35,4 / 47,2 x 47,2 in
2019
Cod. 69
Pietà of Michelangelo, Sforza Castle, Milan
47,2 x 35,4 / 59 x 44,3 in
2019
Cod. 70
World Cultures, MUDEC, Milan
35,4 x 35,4 / 47,2 x 47,2
2019
Cod. 71
American Flag
150 x 118 cm
2007
Cod. 68
Hiding in the city - Telephone booth
95 x 120 cm
2008
Cod. 9
Your World
47,2 x 35,4 in
2014
Cod. 204
The Future
135 x 180 cm
2015
Cod. 69
Ground Zero, New York
95 x 120 cm
2011
Cod. 730
Wall Street Bull
47,2 x 37,4 in
2011
Cod. 205
Graffiti
35,4 x 47,2 / 44,3 x 59 in
2008
Cod. 211
Liu Bolin for Annie Leibovitz, Iceland n°1, Moncler FW
70,87 x 47,2 in
2017
Cod. 206
In the Woods
26,8 x 35,4 / 35,4 x 47,2 / 44,3 x 59 in
2010
Cod. 212
Cancer Village
13,4 x 39,4 / 26,2 x 78,7 in
2013
Cod. 214
Forest
39,4 x 118,1 in
2013
Cod. 215
Ayotzinapa
39,4 x 118,1 in
2015
Cod. 216
100 USD
39,4 x 118,1 in
2014
Cod. 217
Target - Migrants
31,5 x 78,7 / 23,6 x 59 in
2015
Cod. 55
Hiding in the city - The Hope
44,3 x 59 / 35,4 x 47,2 in
2015
Cod. 57
Target - Blue Europe
39,4 x 78,8 / 29,5 x 59 in
2015
Cod. 56
Target - Future
39,4 x 78,8 / 29,5 x 59 in
2015
Cod. 53
Target - Memory Day
59 x 78,7 / 44,3 x 59 in
2015
Cod. 54
Installation
98,4 x 78,7 in
2008
Cod. 1

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