Art and fashion make a very handsome couple and if you happen to be in Shanghai this time of the year, do drop by the Yuz Museum for Gucci’s exclusive exhibition titled, “The Artist is Present”.
Curated by Maurizio Cattelan and powered by Gucci’s creative mastermind Alessandro Michele, the exhibition features a selection of more than 30 artist, foreign and Chinese. Their works are thought-provoking and aim to question the most hallowed principles of art in the modern era with a focus on three key topics: originality, intention and expression.
The exhibition explores the age of copying and highlights the practice of appropriation. As the world moves faster and everyone gets more connected, everything is reproduced at a rapid pace, leaving little room for the aura of originality. This suggests an urgent need to overcome and revisit the concept of counterfeit in favour of a new way to conceive copy as an indispensable tool for today’s contemporary society. The show explores this idea and reveals how originality can be attained through the act of repetition and how originals themselves can be preserved through copies, bringing new meaning to the art of imitation.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, a Shanghai ArtWall in Fengsheng Li, Jingan district, was created. The dedicated mural is a clever play on the topic of the exhibition, questioning the identity of the originals and their replicas through a single iconic image. Specifically conceived by Maurizio Cattelan, the mural in Shanghai features the image of a photocall in Las Vegas which replicates the famous Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles.
No. 35 Feng Gu Road
Exhibition Ends: 16 December 2018.
Images Courtesy Gucci