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上海摄影艺术中心 Shanghai Center of Photography (SCôP)
2016.12.13 Tue - 2017.01.05 Thu
Opening Exhibition
上海徐汇区西岸艺术中心龙腾大道2555号(丰谷路) No. 2555-1 Longteng Avenue, by Fenggu Lu, in front of West Bund Art Center, Xuhui, Shanghai.
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Liu Heung Shing

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“Yang Fudong: Moving Mountains” – SCôP
[Press Release]

SCôP is particularly proud to host the exhibition of Yang Fudong’s new work, Moving Mountains, also the latest artist commission by the Rolls-Royce Art Programme.

Yang Fudong (b. 1971), an award-winning Chinese filmmaker and photographer, will create a completely new artwork for the Programme. He has exhibited in group and solo shows around the world including the Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2002) and two participations at the Venice Biennale.


Moving Mountains is inspired by the ancient tale of a man, whom some called foolish, for seeking to move a mountain. Yang Fudong makes this story a poetic reflection upon human nature and the shifting values to which it can be subject, as presented in his new 46-minute black-and-white film, Moving Mountains, recently completed at the invitation of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme.

Visually, Yang Fudong took inspiration from the masterful ink painting produced in the early 1940s by Xu Beihong (1895-1953). The film mirrors the spirit of endurance that Xu Beihong’s painting extolls, and it continues to illustrate the virtues of perseverance and willpower from the Chinese fable. Yet, Moving Mountains explores a new interpretation by taking the old metaphoric story of the foolish man as an outlet for recent musing. The spirit of motherhood is central and embodied in a character played by the popular actress Wan Qian.

For the exhibition at SCôP, the film Moving Mountains is the focal point of a display which combines a second moving image sequence, this time in color, together with multiple elements from the production process.

It is particularly rewarding for SCôP, as a young institution, to partner with Rolls-Royce, a company that like SCôP values the role it can play of enabling artists to realize new projects and to explore new areas of their practice. Partnerships like this, with Rolls-Royce, enable us to set our standards high and continue this extraordinary journey from the heart of Shanghai’s burgeoning West Bund Art District.

We are also delighted to have this opportunity to work with our new neighbor at West Bund, the well-established ShanghArt Gallery, which represents Yang Fudong and has supported his artistic endeavor from his first film Estranged Paradise, 1997/2002.