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

    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.

  • Catalogue Essay

    此作品來自藝術家特別創作的雕塑系列,屬於《現代兵馬俑 第五號》作品組合。岳敏君創造了五組獨一無二的雕塑,每組包括二十五位勇士,各人的手臂姿態都不一樣,有些在胸前交叉,有些雙手蓋住耳朵,而在這件作品中他們則雙手高舉。藝術家重新詮釋秦始皇陵的兵馬俑,注入幽默的當代感。岳敏君刻意把每位勇士的長相統一,不顯示任何個人色彩,對充斥現代社會已麻木的大眾統一潮流作出大膽直接的抨擊。

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Property from a Private European Collection

Two works: Contemporary Terracotta Warriors No.5

each signed, numbered and dated 'yue minjun 5 1/25; 2/25 2003' on the reverse respectively
acrylic on fibreglass and reinforced plastic with iron base
Each 188 x 90 x 30 cm. (74 x 35 3/8 x 11 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2003, these two works are number 1 and 2 from a set of 25 and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

HK$550,000 - 750,000 

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Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019