Art market Magazine June 2016

 
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Yan Pei-Ming, king in Rome 
an Pei-Ming…
EXHIBITIONS

Yan Pei-Ming, king in Rome
an Pei-Ming has returned to Rome. Twenty years after his stay at the Villa Medici as a resident student, the artist has come back in his own
right. Meanwhile, he has matured. He has perfected a powerful, magisterial, personal style with universal appeal (even more so after his participation in the 2003 Venice Biennial), forging far ahead of many more demonstrative Chinese artists whose work has not stayed the course. Because Yan Pei-Ming, who was born in Shanghai in 1960 and has lived in France since 1980, set himself a goal and stuck to it. His particular genre is the portrait. His close-up figures, drawn from art, ancient or modern history, are now found in major museums and collections. The choice of this artist, who unlike others has never rejected the past in favour of abstraction or hyper-

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"Yan Pei-Ming, Roma", Académie de France, Rome - Villa Medici, Viale Trinità dei Monti, Rome, Until 19 June. Trilingual catalogue, 120 pages, published by Rizzoli - Price: €25 www.villamedici.it

realism, has proved highly relevant for an exhibition at the Académie de France in Rome. To celebrate the 350th anniversary of the institution founded by Colbert in 1666, its previous director, Éric de Chassey, asked two former students to jointly create a tribute to the Eternal City. A former director of the Louvre, Henri Loyrette knows Yan Pei-Ming well, and showed some of his works there in 2009. He lived at the Villa Medici for some time in the mid-Seventies. Two decades later, the artist himself stayed there for a year, cloistered within his studio, working relentlessly on the series "Les 108 Brigands" (inspired by a traditional Chinese novel), whose faces were those of people he came across on site, ranging from other residents to the gardener. The work is now in the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain. "I knew that I would return to Rome, but to spend such a long time at the Villa Medici was a unique occasion," says the artist. To prepare for this exhibition, with support from his Italian gallery, Massimo De Carlo, "Ming" (as everyone calls him) immersed himself in the city this time. "Rome is always fascinating. You find churches and paintings in every nook and cranny," he says. What's his favourite monument? "The Pantheon," he says immediately, "with

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Yan Pei-Ming, "Innocent X rouge", 2015, oil on canvas, 141 x 119 cm.

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© Yan Pei-Ming © Photo André Morin

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