Yue Minjun - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Sunday, November 24, 2019 | Phillips

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  • 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.

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 

Sold for HK$875,000

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019