Yue Minjun - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction Hong Kong Sunday, November 28, 2021 | 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 entitled Contemporary Terracotta Warriors No. 5. Yue Minjun created five of these sets of unique sculptures, each comprising 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, boldly critiquing the numbing similitude that plagues current society in the modern age.


Contemporary Terracotta Warrior No.5

signed, numbered and dated 'yue minjun 5 20/25 2003' on the reverse
acrylic on fibreglass and reinforced plastic with iron base
188 x 91 x 44 cm. (74 x 35 7/8 x 17 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2003, this work is number 20 from an edition of 25.

HK$300,000 - 500,000 

Sold for HK$504,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2021