Paris, Musée du Louvre

A child of the Chinese cultural revolution who fled in exile to France at the age of 19, Yan Pei-Ming is renowned for painting with quick and bold brush strokes on imposingly large canvases. In a limited palette of white, red and extensive shades of grey he depicts imposing figures such as Mao Zedong, Buddha or Bruce Lee. The Louvre’s most celebrated centerpiece, Léonardo de Vinci’s Mona Lisa (known in French as La Jaconde), is his next approach.

On display within steps of the original, surrounded by French and Italian Renaissance masterworks, The Funeral of Mona Lisa is not, Yan Pei-Ming claims, a copy of the original. Affectionately regarded as « the most French Chinese artist», Yan Pei-Ming perhaps follows in the tradition of Salvador Dalì as a foreign-born artist to interpret this national treasure.

The invitation of Yan Pei-Ming into the venerated halls of the Louvre is the next incarnation – following a Picasso/Delacroix exhibition – of the institution’s efforts to juxtapose contemporary artists and ancient masters.


February 12 through May 18, 2009
Musée du Louvre, Salle Denon
Palais du Louvre
75001 Paris
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