Art Exhibition

  • The Double Screen / 《重屏》

  • The Door and Window Screen / 《窗门屏》

  • The Seven Nights / 《七个夜晚》

The Painted Screen: An Exhibition About an Exhibition

With only three groups of works, this small show reflects on and conceptualizes “The Painted Screen: Past and Future,” a much larger show that just took place in the Suzhou Museum, and thus can be considered “an exhibition about an exhibition.”

One of the three works is The Double Screen attributed to the 10th-century painter Zhou Wenju, shown here in a lightbox because the original work cannot leave the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C. In the painting, four men are playing chess in front of a standing screen, which displays the images of several women attending on a man reclining on a bed in the inner chamber. A landscape screen appears behind this second group of figures, presenting another “painting within a painting” deep inside the picture.

The gendered spaces in The Double Screen are expanded and individualized by the two contemporary works in this exhibition, one by a male artist and one by a female artist. Song Dong’s The Door and Window Screen utilizes abandoned materials from demolished residential housing, creating layers of illusionistic spaces. Peng Wei’s three works come from her painting series The Seven Nights. The white, screen-like surfaces display dream scenes, inviting the audience to decipher and imagine the implied narrative.

Wu Hung (curator)


画屏:关于展览的展览

这个微型展以三组作品反思刚在苏州博物馆结束的大型展览《画屏:传统与未来》并对其进一步观念化,因此可以被看成是一个“关于展览的展览”。

三组作品之一是传10世纪画家周文矩的《重屏》,由于无法离开华盛顿的弗利尔美术馆而在此以灯箱展示。画中四位男士在一扇立屏前下棋;屏上描绘几个妇女服侍半躺在内室床榻上的男主人;这第二组人物之后是一架山水屏,构成作品深处另一层画中画。

《重屏》的性别空间被此展览中的两组当代作品扩展和个性化。男艺术家宋冬的《窗门屏》使用来自拆迁房屋的废料,以三维装置制造出幻视的层层入口。女艺术家彭薇的三幅作品选自她的《七个夜晚》组画,在屏风状的素白平面上勾画出梦中景象,邀请观者去破解和想象隐含的叙事。

巫鸿(策展人)