“I think making art and doing other business are the same thing.”
“The truth only exists in your mind. There is no truth in reality.”
-- YAN Lei
The exhibition Rêverie as a solo exhibition of YAN Lei, one of the important Chinese contemporary artists, organized by Red Brick Art Museum from April 25th to July 15th, 2015. The VIP preview will be held on July 15th. And the exhibition will open for public from April 26th, curated by HOU Hanru, the internationally renowned curator and current MAXXI artistic director.
YAN Lei is one of the most idiosyncratic figures in the Chinese art scene today: he is always independent. But he also holds a truly global vision and is deeply concerned with some major problems of society. His work, using highly personal but ever-evolving and opening languages, deals with the specific questions of the art world in China. Central to YAN Lei’s artistic adventure is examining the power relationship, or conflicts and struggles, between the artist’s desire for freedom and the will of control of the institutional system, in a time of globalization when the confrontation of and wrestling between “local” and “global” have become a key influence on how art works are produced. Facing all kinds of unsolvable problems in this process of negotiation, he always comes up with radical but unexpectedly shrewd answers, tainted with self-mockery: somehow sarcastic and in the end critical.