LIU BOLIN @MODES MILANO
in collaboration with GALLERIA GABURRO
LIU BOLIN TRANSFORMS MODES MILANO INTO A GALLERY
MODES Milan hosts the works of Liu Bolin and becomes a temporary gallery, in collaboration with Galleria Gaburro. The installation–event will take place during the week of the Salone del Mobile, which will be followed by Miart, the appointment dedicated to the art market. Starting 9 September, the Piazza Risorgimento store will showcase five works from the Chinese artist, as part of a collaboration with Galleria Gaburro, the gallery that has represented him in Italy for years. Four photographic prints, chosen from one of his most iconic series, Hiding in the City: striking images shot around some of Italy’s most iconic locations, from Milan to Rome, whereby the artist serves as an unlikely protagonist through a compelling game of hide-and-seek and camouflage. The installation will be articulated around a fifth artwork, a statue that stands against a European flag, positioned in the middle of the shop floor. Every one of them offers a unique perspective on some of the artist’s key themes, from the relationship between man and nature to the dynamics that define modern thought and contemporary politics. This special event confirms MODES Milano’s versatile identity and natural vocation as a hub of creativity. Beyond the scope of fashion and style, MODES has always supported and promoted the visual arts, from traditional fine art to though-provoking architecture and design. The installation will be inaugurated on 9 September with a vernissage.
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the north-eastern province of Shandong. During his training at the renowned Central Academy of Applied Art, he became a pupil of the famous artist Sui Jianguo, his mentor at the beginning of his career. Liu Bolin grew up and trained in the turmoil that coincided with the beginning of rapid economic development and relative political stability in China, a period of profound change witnessed in the shots of the Hiding in the City series that have made him famous, in which he touches on the universal themes of the relationship between man and nature and between thought and political power. His research in this vein began in 2005 in Beijing's Suojia Village, which was dismantled by the authorities in November of that year, and has not yet stopped. His first solo exhibition was in 1998 in Beijing. Since then his typical photos have been exhibited in the most important festival of contemporary photography Les Rencontres d'Arles and in prestigious international museums. Recent solo shows include: La forma profondo del reale, Università Bocconi, Milan (2019); Liu Bolin.Visible/Invisible, Mudec - Museo delle Culture, Milan (2019); Liu Bolin. The Invisible Man, Palacio de Gaviria, Madrid (2019); Liu Bolin. The Invisible Man, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome (2018); Ghost Stories, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris (2017); Galerie Party, Centre Pompidou - Acte II with Liu Bolin, Centre Pompidou, Galerie des enfants, Paris (2017). In 2016 he was commissioned to create the project We Are What We Eat for the United Nations building in New York. In Europe his work has been disseminated through the exhibitions A Secret Tour at the H.C. Andersen Museum, Rome (2012) and Hiding in Italy at the Fondazione Forma per la Fotografia, Milan (2010), and with the solo show The Invisible Man at Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm (2011). Liu Bolin has participated in several art projects that have seen him collaborate with other important international contemporary artists such as Botero, JR, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Kenny Scharf and Rero. In 2013, he was a speaker at TED in Los Angeles. Liu Bolin has also collaborated with several luxury brands in the fashion world, such as Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tod's and others. He was the 2017/2018 testimonial for the Moncler brand, in a campaign signed by Annie Leibovitz, and in 2018 he was artist of the year for French champagnerie Ruinart. Today he lives and works in Beijing.