Les Temps Modernes, 2015
  • © Yan Pei-Ming / ADAGP, Paris, 2016

    pour l'oeuvre de l'artiste. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton /

    Martin Argyroglo

  • © Yan Pei-Ming / ADAGP, Paris, 2016

    pour l'oeuvre de l'artiste. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton /

    Martin Argyroglo

  • © Yan Pei-Ming / ADAGP, Paris, 2016

    pour l'oeuvre de l'artiste. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton /

    Martin Argyroglo

  • © Yan Pei-Ming / ADAGP, Paris, 2016

    pour l'oeuvre de l'artiste. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton /

    Martin Argyroglo

  • © Yan Pei-Ming / ADAGP, Paris, 2016

    pour l'oeuvre de l'artiste. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton /

    Martin Argyroglo

Using the title of Charlie Chaplin’s film "Modern Times", the diptych "Les Temps Modernes" (2015) by Yan Pei-Ming offers an interpretation of the contemporary world that differs from the mechanistic version of the future given by Chaplin in 1936.

It implies questions: Is it day? Is it night? A column of people walk towards an unknown focal point, under a turbulent sky. Are they refugees? Pilgrims? Protestors? Without hope of reaching the small illuminated edifice in the second painting, they embody the uncertain destiny of humanity.

Yan Pei-Ming

Born in 1960, in Shanghai (China)
Lives and works in Dijon (France)

Since the end of the 1980s, Yan Pei-Ming has been known for his “epic-sized” canvasses, often bi-chromatic, painted with large expressive brushes. 

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