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Press release Yan Pei-Ming’s “PaintingThe History” Exhibition 1.9.12 - English

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  • 1. Press Release Qatar Museums Authority to present Yan Pei-Ming’s “PaintingThe History” ExhibitionDoha, 1 September 2012 – Under the patronage of HE Sheikha Al Mayassa Bint Hamad AlThani, Qatar Museums Authority is organizing an exhibition by French-Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming. On view from 12 October, 2012 to 12 January, 2013 at the QMA Gallery, Building 10, inKatara, “Painting The History” will be Yan Pei-Ming’s first major exhibition in Doha, Qatar.Curated by Francesco Bonami, this exhibition profiles three types of history-makers andhighlights the power of painting as a medium for recording historical events and portrayingiconic figures. Yan Pei-Ming is a world-renowned artist who became known for his "epic-sized"portraits of Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong, and actor Bruce Lee.Commenting on organizing this exhibition, Jean Paul Engelen, Director of Public Art at QatarMuseums Authority, said: “By using painting Yan Pei-Ming gives a deeper meaning tophotographs of famous people and events that have shaped modern history. Equally importantis that he makes us think about history; and questions how it is written. We are excited to beworking with Ming and Francesco Bonami on this groundbreaking exhibition and we inviteeveryone to come see it when it opens in October.”The first section of the exhibition is dedicated to the modern history of Arab culture, with morethan 100 portraits in watercolors of influential figures of the Arab world from politics to literatureand art, including late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, Palestinian leader YasserArafat, and Lebanese singer Fairuz.The second section steps into art history, exposing the way it chronicles news. The only workthat will be on display in this part of the exhibition will be a triptych of the most famous paintingsin Western art --“The Death of Marat” by Jacques-Louis David, on view now at the Palais deBeaux Arts of Brussels. The original work represents the French revolutionary leader Marat inhis bath tub just after he was stabbed to death. David painted this artwork almost concurrent tothe event in 1793, working like a reporter or a photographer.In the last section of the exhibition, Yan Pei-Ming builds on David’s process, painting the historyof assassinated political leaders from the beginning of 20th century until recently, including CheGuevera and Mahatma Gandhi. Armed with the ability to document events quickly,photojournalists today have taken the place of artists like David. However, Yan Pei Ming aimsthrough this exhibition to prove that in an age ruled by digital images painting can regain its roleto allow the public to focus more deeply on history. -ends-
  • 2. For more information please contact:Omar Chaikhouni, QMA+974.4422.4608 / mchaikhouni@qma.org.qaAbout Qatar Museums AuthorityEstablished in 2005 by His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to combinethe resources of all museums in the State of Qatar, Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) is agovernmental organization whose remit is to develop museums and cultural institutions andprovide an effective system for collecting, protecting, preserving and interpreting historic sites,monuments and artifacts. Under the leadership of its Chairperson H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa,QMA is transforming the State of Qatar into a cultural hub of the Middle East. The Museum ofIslamic Art, inaugurated in 2008, is the Authority’s flagship project. The organization won furtherglobal acclaim with the December 2010 opening of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. QMA’sgoal of becoming a “global leader in the world of museums, art and heritage” will be advanced inthe coming years with ambitious, world-class projects, including the Jean Nouvel-designedNational Museum of Qatar. For further information, please visit www.qma.org.qa.About Yan Pei-MingYan Pei-Ming is a Chinese painter born in 1960 in Shanghai. He has lived in Dijon, France,since 1982 and holds the French nationality. He grew up during the Cultural Revolutionbecoming, therefore, a talented propaganda painter representing notably Chinese communistrevolutionary Mao Zedong. His interest in painting has led him to draw portraits of anonymouschildren, prisoners and on to portraits of Buddha and Bruce Lee. Yan Pei-Ming works in oilpainting using big brushes. His paintings are brought to life by the rapid brush strokes whichstructure the picture space. He is also interested in landscape paintings and recently developedan important part of his work in watercolor. Yan Pei-Ming organized a number of solo exhibitionsat the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, the San Francisco Art Institute, and theMusée du Louvre. He also participated in group exhibitions including the Venice Biennale in1995 and 2003, the Sevilla Biennale in 2006, and the Istanbul Biennial in 2007.About Francesco BonamiFrancesco Bonami was born in Florence where he received a master’s degree at the AcademyOf Fine Arts in stage design. He was the director of the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 andcurated the 2010 Whitney Biennial. He worked as Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum ofContemporary Art in Chicago, where he curated among many group shows a retrospective ofJeff Koons in 2008 and a Rudolf Stingel survey in 2007. In 2009, he was the co-curator withAlison Gingeras of the inaugural show at Punta della Dogana in Venice for the PinaultFoundation. In 2010 he organized in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence the presentation of Damien
  • 3. Hirst’s “For the love of God,” the artist’s diamond-encrusted skull. He is the Artistic Director ofthe Fondazione Sandretto ReRebaudengo in Turin. He was honored in 2012 with the Legion ofHonor of the French Republic. He lives in New York and Milan.Stay social with Qatar Museums Authority: www.facebook.com/QatarMuseumsAuthority www.twitter.com/QatarMuseumsAut

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