L'Arc de saint Gilles, 2015

by

Huang Yong Ping

© ADAGP, Paris, 2016 pour l'oeuvre de

l'artiste. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

© Ai Weiwei pour l’oeuvre de l’artiste ©

ADAGP, Paris, 2016 pour les oeuvres de Huang Yong

Ping. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

© ADAGP, Paris, 2016 pour l'oeuvre de

l'artiste. Photo Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo

"L’Arc de Saint Gilles" (2015) is inspired by the legend of St Giles, who lived in the south of France among wild animals and saved a doe from King Flavius’ arrow.

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.

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Interview of the artist

Huang Yong Ping talks about himself, his life, his inspirations.

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Huang Yong Ping

Born in 1954, in Xiamen (China)
Lives and works in Ivry-sur-Seine (France)

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. 
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