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Metropolis
2011

Metropolis

Yang Yongliang

Several series

Yang Yongliang combines urban photography with the iconic visual language of traditional Chinese painting in a most intriguing way. Looked at more closely, his landscapes – in series like On the Quiet Water, Phantom Landscape and Heavenly City – are composed of apartment buildings and hoisting cranes. Yet they exude the restfulness of mountains and forests, of clouds in the sky. Yang Yongliang himself says “My wonderland is a mysterious place, the ideal for which we have been striving, and that we have in many respects already attained. Our life is easy there, fast, and let's be honest about it, comfortable. But never forget the price we have paid for this wonderland.”

  • Several series

    Yang Yongliang combines urban photography with the iconic visual language of traditional Chinese painting in a most intriguing way. Looked at more closely, his landscapes – in series like On the Quiet Water, Phantom Landscape and Heavenly City – are composed of apartment buildings and hoisting cranes. Yet they exude the restfulness of mountains and forests, of clouds in the sky. Yang Yongliang himself says “My wonderland is a mysterious place, the ideal for which we have been striving, and that we have in many respects already attained. Our life is easy there, fast, and let's be honest about it, comfortable. But never forget the price we have paid for this wonderland.”

  • Several series

  • Several series

Biography

Yang Yongliang (China, 1980) was trained in traditional Chinese painting techniques and calligraphy, and studied Visual Communications at the China Academy of Fine Art. His work has been shown around the world and is found in many collections, including those of the British Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria. 

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Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Metropolis - City Life in the Urban Age

Price EUR 17,50