L'Arc de saint Gilles

  • 2015
  • Huang Yong Ping
  • Wood, iron, fiberglass, dog hair, gold leaf
  • 156 x 448 x 70 cm

In the legend, the saint’s hand was pierced by an arrow; in Huang Yong Ping’s work, the doe is split in two by the bow, leaving visible its hollow body lined with gold, and bestowing a quasi-mystical quality on the subject. This work offers a peaceful vision in which the power of spirituality wins over chaos, and reflects the artist’s interest in miracles and magic.

© Adagp, Paris, 2016. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage


Huang Yong Ping

A major figure of the Chinese avant-garde and the founder of the Xiamen Dada movement in 1986, Huang Yong Ping rose to international prominence through the "Magiciens de la Terre" exhibition held in Paris in 1989. 

At the boundary between East and West, his installations and sculptures combine Buddhist and Taoist symbols, and references to Christianity, the history of art and Western philosophy. Often using animals in his works, both living and stuffed, he creates allegories about society, the future and the hybridisation of identities.

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