Yuan Yuan, 'Alternative Realities'

Palazzo Terzi, Bergamo, June-July 2018
Presented by Edouard Malingue Gallery

Curated by Dr. Valentina Locatelli

Situated in the centre of Bergamo’s Città Alta, a few steps away from Piazza Vecchia and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, is Palazzo Terzi, one of the most iconic cultural landmarks of the city and home to ‘Alternative Realities’, a major solo exhibition by Chinese artist Yuan Yuan (b. 1973) and his first ever show in Italy. Curated by Dr. Valentina Locatelli and presented by Edouard Malingue Gallery, the collaborative exhibition is set amidst the spaces of the historic palace, each room presenting new works by Yuan Yuan.

Created following a site visit during which he responded to its interiors, the palace’s aura and history, he’s integrated this encounter within the echoes of his own practice that has evolved in the creation of elaborate oil on canvas paintings reflecting architecture and a passing of time, crucially devoid of human presence. Moving through the Anticamera to the Salone and onwards, one becomes privy to an unexpected and thoughtful pluralistic dialogue between tradition and modernity, but also between West and East – Italian old masters, baroque architecture and Chinese contemporary art melding into one.

The exhibition was accompanied by an opening weekend of events including a panel discussion between Yuan Yuan, Dr. Valentina Locatelli and Aimee Lin (ArtReview Asia).


Installation view, Yuan Yuan ‘Alternative Realities’, Palazzo Terzi, Bergamo, Italy, 2018. Image courtesy of Edouard Malingue Gallery. Photo: Kwan Sheung Chi.

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