• Liu Ye, Pierre Menard

    New Century Art Foundation, Beijing December 2, 2021 – April 2, 2022 www.ncartfoundation.org

    Liu Ye, Book Painting No. 22 (Karl Blossfeldt, Wunder in der Natur, H. Schmidt & C. Günther, Leipzig, 1942, Page 49), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 32,5 x 24 cm (unframed), 34,5 x 25,5 x 4 cm (framed). Courtesy the artist and New Century Art Foundation. Photo © the artist



    Esther Schipper is pleased to announce Liu Ye's solo exhibition, Pierre Menard at the New Century Art Foundation, Beijing. 

    The exhibition brings together works from Liu Ye's Book Painting series related to the publications of Karl Blossfeldt from collections around the world and will introduce these paintings to audiences in China for the first time.

    The title of the exhibition, Pierre Menard, refers to a fictional character in a short story by Luis Borges. Entitled Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote, Borges’ 1939 story tells of a character, Menard, whose most ambitious and unparalleled work is Quixote, which coincides, in some cases verbatim, with specific chapters of Cervantes' famous book Don Quixote. Menard's intention is not to imitate or mechanically copy but to create an authentic "Quixote." Liu Ye read Borges' Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote after completing his series of book painting works related to Karl Blossfeldt, and recognized a similar ambition or delusion in this fictional character.

  • Liu Ye at Fondazione Prada

    Fondazione Prada, Milan January 30 – September 28, 2020 www.fondazioneprada.org
    Liu Ye at Fondazione Prada

    Liu Ye, Bauhaus No. 5, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 15 x 20 cm
    Photo © Andrea Rossetti


    A solo show by Chinese painter Liu Ye curated by Udo Kittelmann. Following the first iteration held in 2018 at Prada Rong Zhai in Shanghai, the exhibition travels to Milan for a new presentation, featuring a selection of 35 paintings realized from 1992 onwards.


    More information HERE.

  • Viva Arte Viva: The 57th Venice Biennale, with Liu Ye, Philippe Parreno, Anri Sala

    Venice, Italy May 13 – November 26, 2017 www.labiennale.org


    The 57th International Art Exhibition, VIVA ARTE VIVA, will take place at the Giardini and the Arsenale in Venice, from May 13 to November 26, 2017. Curated by Christine Macel, it will feature 120 artists from 51 countries, including Liu Ye, Philippe Parreno, and Anri Sala.


    The exhibition will offer a route that unfolds over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion, followed by another seven across the Arsenale through the Giardino delle Vergini. Each of the nine chapters or families of artists of the Exhibition will represent a Pavilion in itself, or rather a Trans-Pavilion as it is trans-national by nature but echoes the Biennale's historical organization into pavilions, the number of which has never ceased to grow since the end of the 1990s. From the "Pavilion of Artists and Books" to the "Pavilion of Time and Infinity", these nine episodes will tell a story that is often discursive and at times paradoxical, with detours that mirror the world's complexities, a multiplicity of approaches and a wide variety of practices.