Harmony and Transition

20 Jun - 04 Oct 2015

Exhibition poster
Reflecting Chinese Landscapes
20 June – 4 October 2015

In recent times the shan-shui tradition of mountain-water painting is becoming increasingly important. Contemporary artists are updating the genre and transferring it to the media of photography, sculpture, installation, video and performance.

Landscape painting in China looks back on a tradition of over 1500 years. It does not concentrate on reproducing a true image of a visible outer world, but reflects the inner experience of the painter. The opposite poles of mountain and water, the solid and the liquid, are subjected to a dynamic exchange as a symbol of the balance in the world.

The invited artists reflect the tradition dedicated to harmony, and develop alien and yet pictorially powerful worlds of experience which extend beyond national borders and make nature the medium for individual systems of order and ideals, but also for change and upheaval.

A project in collaboration with Philipp Bollmann


Marina Abramović & Ulay, Darren Almond, Hans Op de Beeck, Katinka Bock, Cai Guo-Qiang, Chi Peng, Hamish Fulton, Hai Bo, Huang Yan, Markus Huemer, Ji Dachun, Isaac Julien, Nadav Kander, Kitty Kraus, Han Lei, Roy Lichtenstein, Maleonn, Kris Martin, Isa Melsheimer, Maki Na Kamura, Ni Youyu, Qiu Shihua, Yehudit Sasportas, Nadja Schöllhammer, Richard Serra, Julia Steiner, Thomas Struth, William Tucker, Anna Vogel, Sonja Vordermaier, Wang Tiande, WassinkLundgren, Xue Song, Yang Jiechang, Yue Minjun, Yun-Fei Ji, Zuoxiao Zuzhou


A three-part series of publications will appear alongside the exhibition: “Guide” is an informative, brief guide through the exhibition. “Index” is a collection of all the exhibits with a picture and full details of the work, and “Show” offers an extensive photographic tour through the exhibition.

Tags: Marina Abramović, Darren Almond, Hans Op de Beeck, Hai Bo, Katinka Bock, Ji Dachun, Hamish Fulton, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ma Han, Markus Huemer, Yun-Fei Ji, Yang Jiechang, Isaac Julien, Maki Na Kamura, Nadav Kander, Kitty Kraus, Ji Lei, Han Lei, Roy Lichtenstein, Maleonn, Kris Martin, Isa Melsheimer, Yue Minjun, Chi Peng, Wu Qiang, Yehudit Sasportas, Richard Serra, Li Shan, Qiu Shihua, Xue Song, Julia Steiner, A.L. Steiner, Thomas Struth, William Tucker, Anna Vogel, Li Yan, Ni Youyu, Hu Yun