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Yuchieh li

Yu-Chieh Li

post Contributor Former Andrew W. Mellon C-MAP Fellow at The Museum of Modern Art

Yu-Chieh Li was the Andrew W. Mellon C-MAP Fellow for the C-MAP Asia group from October 2013 to September 2015. At the Museum, she was a co-editor of post and organized workshops and research activities on contemporary and modern art in Asia. Her research interests included Dada, installation, and multimedia art as well as modern and contemporary art. Yu-Chieh worked as an intern at the 2008 Taipei Biennale and from 2011 to 2013 assisted in building “Chinese Women's Magazines in the Late Qing and Early Republican Period,” an online database launched by Heidelberg Research Architecture. She received her master’s degree in the history of European and East Asian Art from the University of Heidelberg and is currently preparing a doctoral dissertation on conceptualism of the 1980s in China.

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Yuchieh li

Posted on 22 Dec

You observed an important phenomenon of the transmission of ideas on European Modern art in China in the 1980s-- These ideas were in effect detached from their original context (and meaning) as they were “translated” badly, through Chinese texts and the poor quality reproduction of images. Also, looking at the paintings of both Zhang and Magritte, the difference is so striking, yet the works also interact with each other. I think the cultural distance towards both Chinese and Western traditions did become a productive energy for many artists in China.

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You observed an important phenomenon of the transmission of ideas on European Modern art in China in the 1980s-- These ideas were in effect detached from their original context (and meaning) as they were “translated” badly, through Chinese texts...

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Yuchieh li

Posted on 22 Dec

I am also struck by the fact that Zhang Xiaogang grasped the very core of Magritte’s ideas only by seeing and reading the works and some statements of Magritte in Chinese translations. And Zhang's oeuvre since the mid ‘90s seems to resonate with the aim of surpassing the "traditionally picturesque." Indeed, maybe they would be soul mates if Magritte was still alive. And thank you for bringing in the voice of Magritte in this "dialogue"!

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I am also struck by the fact that Zhang Xiaogang grasped the very core of Magritte’s ideas only by seeing and reading the works and some statements of Magritte in Chinese translations. And Zhang's oeuvre since the mid ‘90s seems to resonate with...

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