VANCOUVER.- The Vancouver Biennale
installed "The Path of God" by artist Yue Minjun (China). This sculpture is one of the many installations taking place in the coming weeks as part of the 2009-2011 Vancouver Biennale public art exhibition. "The Path of God" is sure to delight people who experience it and will undoubtedly become one of the exhibition's most visited, photographed and talked about sculptures.
The Path of God consists of multiple figures depicting the artist's own iconic laughing image, all with gaping grin and closed eyes in a state of hysterical laughter. The longer you look at the cast bronze figures, the more evident the contradiction between the animated laughter and the silent, frozen form of sculpture. It is cartoon like and playful, yet curious and intense.
"Thanks to our senior curator, Shengtian Zheng, we have the opportunity of a lifetime for Vancouver to have a famous vanguard post revolutionary artist in our midst with an installation of this significance", says Barrie Mowatt, President of the Vancouver Biennale. "This sculpture represents what the Vancouver Biennale is all about - bringing the best of international artists to our shores, with an emphasis on diversity, for everyone in our community to experience".
The Vancouver Biennale has chosen this location, in and amongst this incredible sculpture installation, as the site for the official launch of the 2009-2011 exhibition. It will take place on October 27, 2009, where media, sponsors and friends will gather for a ribbon cutting ceremony and sculpture tour.