Two works: Contemporary Terracotta Warriors No.5

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Alexander Ochs Gallery, Berlin
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Scheveningen, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Xianfeng! Chinese Avant-garde Sculpture , 2005
    Herford, Museum fur zeitgenossische Kunst und Design, Loss of Control, 2008

  • Catalogue Essay


    The present work exhibited at Scheveningen, Museum Beelden aan Zee, Xianfeng! Chinese Avant-garde Sculpture, 2005

    As part of 5 unique sets of sculptures that the artist created, the present lot is part of the group titled Contemporary Terracotta Warriors No.5. Yue Minjun created five of these sets of unique sculptures, each comprising of 25 warriors with a different stylistic rendering of the arms, some with their arms crossed in front of their bodies, some with their hands over their ears, and in this instance, with their arms raised. The artist wittily injects contemporaneity through his reinterpretation of the historical terracotta warriors found in the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, one of China’s most influential emperors. Yue Minjun creates each of his warriors to be identical in order not to exhibit individualism, making a bold statement critiquing the numbing similitude that plagues current society in modern day.

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Two works: Contemporary Terracotta Warriors No.5

兩件作品:《現代兵馬俑5號》

2003
each signed, numbered and dated ‘yue minjun 5 5/25; 6/25 2003’ on the reverse respectively
acrylic on fibreglass and reinforced plastic with iron base
188 x 90 x 30 cm. (74 x 35 3/8 x 11 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2003, these two works are number 5 and 6 from a set of 25 and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Estimate
HK$550,000 - 750,000 
€63,500-86,600
$70,500-96,200

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20th Century & Contemporary Art and Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020