Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) has the work of Yang Fudong currently in view. And this Wednesday, a new exhibition will give visitors another way to view his work.
The exhibition, Multiple Encounters brings Fudong’s video work in direct dialogue with historical Chinese paintings, thus suggesting that some of the artist’s work carries some of its tradition. Fudong’s seven-minute single-channel video the Half Hitching Post (2005), are paired together with ten classical painting, all in traditional formats. All in the while, it tells the story of two young men moving to an isolated village, somewhere on the Loess Plateau in northern China, where the landscape recalls images from classical paintings. Furthermore, the fresh encounter between the antique works and contemporary moving images is bound to challenge visitors to consider how current artists such as Fudong are influenced by the past.
Among the classical paintings featured in the exhibition, and coinciding with Fudong’s video, include a 16th century piece title Landscape with Figures, which depicts mountains with several paths, providing ways for the figures in the painting to meet at the figure point. The painting can be sampled on BAMPFA’s website at bampfa.berkeley.edu.
Multiple Encounters is on view until February 2nd. Fudong’s other current exhibition Estranged Paradise, is on view until December 8th.