Returning to Italy for another exhibition is Liu Bolin, Chinese artist-come-illusionist. His show runs until November 11th, 2012 at the Hendrick Christian Andersen Museum National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome.
Liu Bolin: the invisible man gets lost in Rome
Known as ‘the invisible man’ the Chinese artist merges place and performance, art with photography to invent a powerful discursive narrative that invites us to engage with our places, our environment, our art in a different way.
On the roof of the Duomo of Milan
Resurrecting the lost art of camouflage, Liu Bolin connects with different space by melting into them and becoming part of them. Just as chameleons hide in plain sight, so to does Liu Bolin. His work begs many questions…. is it only humans who see themselves as ‘separate’ from the environment? On how many levels of existence do we engage with a place? Can a place become part of you? Does a place have a memory? How well do we really see what’s in front of us?
On the Ponte Sant Angelo, Rome
There’s no shortage of mind food to mull over at his show and Liu Bolin’s very playful sense of humour means it will have the widest appeal for young and old alike. Italy provides a backdrop of historically and artistically important sights for Liu Bolin to disappear into, forcing us to re-examine our relationship, not only with these physical spaces but with their cultural legacies, turning the physical metaphysical.
At Piazza San Marco in Venice
Just as Liu Bolin, the ‘Invisible Man’ did in his previous exhibition in Milan, his current show entitled “A Secret Tour” documents Liu Bolin’s relationship with, Italy and her great masterpieces: the artist becomes part of the Teatro Alla Scala, the Duomo of Milan, the painted wall of a house Pompeii, the bridge of Castel Sant’Angelo, the Paolina Borghese and many more.
At the Villa dei Misteri in Pompei
The usual tourist photographic subjects of person/place, place/person become interwoven and melded with each other…. at the same time losing their individual identities but somehow become part of the greater whole.
At ‘La Scala’ theatre in Milan
By Hugo McCafferty
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