until 28.02. | #2365ARTatBerlin | Migrant Bird Space currently shows the exhibition Mount Meru & Mustard Seed by the artist Gao Yutao.
Spanning a web of myths and microcosms, Gao Yutao’s first solo-exhibition at Migrant Bird Space Berlin revolves around the theme of “stone”: the stone as a prominent subject in Western & East-Asian mythologies, as a medium of spirituality and as an object of artistic merit in and of itself.
The title of the exhibition, “Mount Meru & Mustard Seed”, goes back to Buddhist cosmology where the sacred Mount Meru is considered to be the center of all physical and spiritual universes. As the metaphor goes, fitting the entire five-peaked Meru into a tiny mustard seed means recogni-sing the potential of even the smallest things in life: both are subjects of thought and as such, they occupy the exact same space in the mind. In the first part of the exhibition, Gao Yutao uses scanned imagery of stone-structures and postcards from artworks on East-Asian & Greek mythology to create surreal large-scale prints which explore the interconnections of micro- and macro-
Stills from the performance “Returning Home”, 2018, a work based on the legend of the “Women Stone” in the Aaper Forest, Duesseldorf.
Yutao traces the legend by trailing a stone back to its source, the Rhine River, 10 km away from the Women Stone.
Gao Yutao 高郁韬, born 1988 in Hu Nan, China, lives and works in Germany since 2014 and is a master student in Katharina Fritsch’s class at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf. From 2007-2011 he attended Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China.
As a cross-over artist, Gao Yutao works through various media to implement his diligently thought-out concepts, which are often based in cultural history, poetry, music and philosophy.
2017 “Düsseldorf Photo Weekend: But… Is It Photography?” (with Katharina Veerkamp), jr-projekte, Düsseldorf, Germany
GOUP EXHIBITIONS (Selection)
2018 “Digital Gods”, Digital Art & Music Festival, Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf, Germany
“Hyper Again”, Class of Katharina Fritsch and Daniel Richter, Semperdepot, Vienna, Austria
“Düsseldorf Museum Night”, Düsseldorf, Germany
“EY Benefits Auction (Ernst & Young)” with Christie’s, Düsseldorf
“RISING STARS”, Kunstbroeders Gallery, Amersfoort, Holland
“Resonance: Chinese Young Artists in Germany”, Kunstraum Vila Friede, Bonn,
2017 “Grieger Relaunch”, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany
“Amitabha Boundless Buddha”, Migrant Bird Space, Berlin, Germany
“EY Benefits Auction (Ernst & Young)”, with Christie’s, Düsseldorf, Germany
“Salz”, Evelyndrewes Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2016 “Three Shadows Photography Award Exhibition”, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, China
Vernissage: Friday, 11th January 2019, from 7 p.m.
Ausstellungsdaten: Saturday, 12th January – Thursday, 28th February 2019
Zu Migrant Birds Space
Image caption cover: Gao Yutao, Filmstill from the Performance “Returning Home”, 2018,
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