Galerie Urs Meile is happy to announce our very first participation at Art Taipei. We will be presenting a selection of recent works by:
Ai Weiwei - Cheng Ran - Li Dafang - Qiu Shihua - Julia Steiner - Wang Xingwei - Yan Xing
Galerie Urs Meile is happy to announce our very first participation at Art Taipei. The gallery is engaged
internationally in the presentation and dissemination of contemporary art and operates from two locations:
Lucerne (Switzerland) and Beijing (China). We will be presenting a selection of recent works by
emerging and established artists from China and the West working in different media including installation,
sculpture, photography, video and painting:
Among other works by Ai Weiwei (*1957), we will exhibit Porcelain Cube (2009, porcelain, 120 × 120 × 120 cm).
The artist executes the simple shape of a cube in the finest porcelain, a centuries-old tradition in China.
Formally, the work refers to minimalism and conceptual art, both important trends in Western art.
We will also present works by Cheng Ran (*1981), an emerging artist who specializes in the medium of
video, while also extending his artistic practices towards installations and objects. He is currently
participating in the Rijksakademie residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam,
the Netherlands. He recently published his first novel, Circadian Rhythm, which – among other works –
will be presented at the fair. Furthermore, the artist’s video, The Sorrows of Young Werther (2009, 4 channel
video installation, color/sound (on view: channel 3)), will be presented as part of the Art Taipei 2013 Art
Li Dafang (*1971) experiments continually with different carrier materials for his paintings. Big Road
(2013, oil on canvas, oil on wood, 275 × 185 cm) vividly recalls his childhood memories and the environment
where he grew up. His proficiency and individuality are embedded in the way that he brings
memories of existing landscapes together with abstract elements.
Untitled (1999, oil on canvas, 128 × 238 cm) by Qiu Shihua (*1940), who holds a singular position within
Chinese contemporary art, will be presented. He questions the concept of visiblity in painting. Visualization
and imagination would help to approach his works, thus in this sense, seeing becomes an interplay of
Our presentation will also include nocturne VI (2013, gouache on paper, 280 × 203 cm) by Julia Steiner
(*1982), a young Swiss artist who participated in the gallery’s artist-in-residence program in Beijing in
2009. She is interested in condensations, blank spaces and states of transition. Her works mainly deal
with mental landscapes, delivering dynamics and energies to the audiences.
We will present untitled (in spring) (2013, oil on canvas, 180 x 240 cm) by influential Chinese contemporary
painter Wang Xingwei (*1969). Through decades of exploration, he has created an artistic universe all of
his own, where references collide, characters recur, and styles proliferate. He recently had a major
retrospective show at UCCA (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art) in Beijing.
We will also exhibit Arty, Super-Arty (2013, 2/3, Film Still No.2, photography (b/w), ultra giclée,
138 × 198 cm (framed)) by Yan Xing (*1986), one of the most prominent emerging artists in China. The
artist, who was short-listed for the Future Generation Art Prize (Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev), explores
multi-layered projects encapsulating media such as performance, video, photography and installation.