Yan Pei-Ming, A burial in Shanghai at the Musée d’Orsay until 12th January 2020

Painter Yan Pei-Ming pays homage to Gustave Courbet at the Musée d’Orsay, close to our hotels, with a monumental triptych A Burial in Shanghai, inspired by Courbet’s painting A Burial at Ornans.

Yan Pei-Ming arrived in France in 1980 at the age of 20, and one of the first things he did was to travel to Ornans, 270 miles southeast of Paris, where his artistic idol Gustave Courbet was born.

Nearly 40 years later, and now a famous painter himself, Yan is now presenting his homage to Courbet with a triptych whose main piece is exactly the same size as the famous painting (3.15 x 6.68 metres), moving the scene to modern-day Shanghai where Yan’s mother is buried.

Exposition de Yan Pei-Ming, Un enterrement à Shanghai au Musée d'Orsay jusqu'au 12 janvier 2020
© RMN – Grand Palais – Hervé Lewandowski

The two other large-format paintings, facing each other, complete the work – one is an idealised Buddhist landscape featuring numerous animals, and the other a portrait of his mother as an image of propaganda.

Organised with support from the American Friends of the Musée d’Orsay (AFMO) as part of the celebrations of Courbet’s 200th birthday, the three paintings are place alone in their own gallery, giving them a calm, minimalist setting that aids reflection.

Exposition de Yan Pei-Ming, Un enterrement à Shanghai au Musée d'Orsay jusqu'au 12 janvier 2020
Yan Pei-Ming. Photo: Marie Clérin

Yan Pei-Ming’s A Burial in Shanghai is at the Musée d’Orsay (here) until 12th January 2020

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Du 1er octobre au 12 janvier, le peintre Yan Pei-Ming expose un triptyque monumental au musée d'Orsay : "Un enterrement à Shangai", inspiré par "Un enterrement à Ornans" de Gustave Courbet. La toile principale de ce projet, qui fait exactement la même taille que celle de Courbet (3,15 x 6,68 mètres), déplace le cadre à la fois géographiquement localisé et intime de l'oeuvre pour lui donner une autre signification. La scène se déroule non plus à Ornans, mais à Shanghai, lieu de l'enterrement de la mère de l'artiste ici figuré. Deux autres toiles font partie de l'oeuvre, et associent histoire intime de l'artiste et monumentalité du pouvoir politique par un portrait de sa mère défunte, femme ordinaire, en image de propagande ; et du spirituel, avec un paysage bouddhiste idéalisé, qui vient redéfinir le genre du paysage qu'avait déterminé Gustave Courbet. . From October 1 to January 12, the painter Yan Pei-Ming exhibits a monumental triptych at the Musée d'Orsay: "A Burial in Shangai" inspired by Gustave Courbet's "A burial at Ornans". The main canvas, painted to the exact scale of Courbet's one (3.15 x 6.68 meters) , shifts the geographically localised and personal frame the work and replaces it with another meaning. Rather than in Ornans, the scene takes place in Shanghai, where the artist’s mother, depicted here, was buried. The work also consists of two other canvases that connect the artist’s personal story and the monumentality of political power through a portrait of his deceased mother, an ordinary woman, as a propaganda image; and the spiritual, through an idealised Buddhist landscape which redefines the landscape portrayed by Gustave Courbet. . With the support of @aforsay . 🎨 Yan Pei-Ming, "Un enterrement à Shangai" (2019) 📷 © Musée d'Orsay / Sophie Boegly / ADAGP, 2019 . 🎨 Gustave Courbet, "Un enterrement à Ornans, dit aussi Tableau de figures humaines, historique d'un enterrement à Ornans" (1849-1850) 📷 © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski . #museedorsay #museeorsay #orsaymuseum #artmuseum #artgallery #fineart #beauxarts #artexhibition #art #museum #Paris #peinture #yanpeiming #contemporaryart #exhibition

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