It’s been several years now since Yan Pei-Ming (Chinese-born French artist) work was last presented in a French gallery. The exhibition titled “Help!” will be constructed around several axes characteristic of the artist’s practice.
The portrait, the history painting and the vanity will be presented on the three floors of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in the Marais.
In a dialectical and pictorial relation, the secular theme of war and peace enter into confrontation in the main gallery space whereas the icon embodied in the portrait genre and the works on paper will be presented on the other two floors of the gallery.
Yan Pei-Ming summons up immediate history through careful observation of media images. His transformation of these images into huge-scale oil paintings gives a historical dimension to current affairs that is reminiscent of the scandal that greeted Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa. The beholder is confronted by the immediacy of an image of historical potential. But the absence of distance gives rise to doubt, to questions and emotion.
The exhibition “Help!” will take on themes peculiar to ‘history painting’ as well as themes taken from significant current events like the war in Libya or scenes of land and air combat.
Yan Pei-Ming studied at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. He lives and works between Dijon and Ivry-sur-Seine. Recent exhibitions include Painting the History, at the Doha Museum (Qatar), and Les Funérailles de Monna Lisa, at the Musée du Louvre, Paris.