On the occasion of Art Basel 2014, Galerie Urs Meile will be presenting a selection of recent works by our
Rijksakademie scholarship holder Cheng Ran’s (*1981) series Before Falling Asleep is inspired by classic fairy
tales told at bedtime. The so far produced two out of four parts adapt the fables The Pond and the River by
Ivan Krylov and Aesop’s Two Pigeons. Actors embody the animals of the original story, thus creating a grey
area, where metaphors meet reality and philosophy encounters life. Before Falling Asleep Part 2 - Two Pigeons
(2013, super 16 mm film transferred to single channel HD video, color/sound, 4’11”) will be shown as part
of Art Basel Film on Thursday, June 19 at 10 pm at Stadtkino Basel.
Li Gang (*1986) experiments with various aesthetic possibilities through a wide range of media. His
recent endeavor in painting consist of coarse canvases, handmade out of hemp-string, on which he paints
magnified details of famous paintings ( Jesus’ Hair, 2013, oil on hand-made canvas, 201 × 143 cm; A Stone,
2013, oil on hand-made canvas, 95 × 95 cm).
Shao Fan (*1964) is known for his intriguing achromatic animal portraits (Portrait, 2014, oil on canvas, 145
× 90 cm). Deeply influenced by Chinese tradition his seemingly approachable works are not easy to grasp
for someone with Western background.
Julia Steiner (*1981) works with gouache on large sheets of paper. Through the means of drawing, she
investigates forms and structures of surfaces, employing fragments of found phenomena in her compositions.
Condensations, blank spaces and states of transition interest her. We will exhibit three of her recent
works: seesaw space (2013, gouache on paper, 220 × 150 cm), construction place (2013, gouache on paper, 203 ×
306 cm) and Dark Move (2013, gouache on paper, 240 × 405 cm).
An endless curiosity for engagement with new experiences, places and people remains at the heart of Not
Vital’s (*1948) work. His Mountains (2011, marble, plaster, 54 × 57.2 × 25.5 cm and 72 × 70.5 × 23.5 cm) are
inspired by traditional Chinese Dali stones, an ancient practice of selecting marble blocks for their
pattern, cutting them into thin slices and framing them. The patterns usually resemble steep mountains
surrounded by water similar to Shanshui ink drawings, which have been popular in China since the 5th
Wang Xingwei (*1969) is prone to depicting scenes that are ambiguous, irrelevant, absurd, vulgar, scandalous
and laughable. His plots are often unexpected, far-fetched, and yet charmingly surreal. We will
present two of his paintings: untitled (moondoor) (2007, oil on canvas, 200 × 200 cm) and untitled (green
penguin) (2005, oil on canvas, 168 × 175.5 cm).
Ai Weiwei’s (*1957) work Container (2013, huanghuali wood, 190 × 190 × 190 cm) is reminiscent of minimalist
sculpture or art transport crates. In contrast it was built in traditional Ming dynasty technique
without the use of screws or nails. Its upper corners have been cut which makes the object useless and
Furthermore we will show works by Chinese artists Hu Qingyan (*1982) and Qiu Shihua (*1940), Xie
Nanxing (*1970) and Yan Xing (*1986) as well as German artist Christian Schoeler (*1978).
Complete list of artists represented at Art Basel:
Ai Weiwei – Cheng Ran – Hu Qingyan – Li Gang – Christian Schoeler – Qiu Shihua – Shao Fan –
Julia Steiner – Not Vital – Wang Xingwei – Xie Nanxing – Yan Xing
Please also note the current and upcoming exhibitions at Galerie Urs Meile in Beijing and Lucerne:
GALERIE URS MEILE BEIJING:
Tobias Rehberger, Das Kind muss raus生
3. 5. – 6. 7. 2014
GALERIE URS MEILE LUCERNE:
Shao Fan, Face to Face
25. 4. – 5. 7. 2014
We look forward to your visit to our booth or to one of our galleries.
For further information please contact:
PA to Co-Director
T + 41 (0) 41 420 33 18