After more than a year of preparation, the art exhibition "Tim Yip: Mirror" is at last held at Today Art Museum. Such a unique exhibition is themed by the concept of "Spiritual DNA" which is a mystical power invisibly linking emotion, inspiration, memory and cultural inheritance.
World-renowned artist Tim Yip is learned in diverse fields within the arts. He became famous when he received an Oscar for Best Art Direction in 2001 for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee, making him the first Chinese artist to win such an honor. Yip advocates "New Orientalism" aesthetics and exercises his brilliant wisdom in his works in film, theatre, costume, sculpture, installation and photography. In 2007, Yip presented the exhibition "Illusions of Silence", his first contemporary art show, at Today Art Museum. In that show, multi-media artworks were integrated within the art gallery space, deepening the audience's understanding of artistic creation. Twelve years on, Yip will share again the fruit of his imagination at Today Art Museum, sharing with us a world of Spiritual DNA, which links today with the future, illusion with reality, and abstract with concrete.
Of Spiritual DNA, Yip has said, "there is something immeasurable beyond the existence of matter. It was generated at the origin of all things. Once this origin disperses, it degrades to form perceptible and measurable time and space. But as something of the far distant past, it is confusing." The concept Yip wants to express is concealed in matter and form. He believes that vision emanates from objects, rather than humans' eyes. He tries to illuminate the meaning of Spiritual DNA from a matter-and-form perspective; Spiritual DNA is the base and yet the antithesis of rational thinking. In the context of the Information and Technology Revolution, human beings should, with open minds, face changes and rethink life’s evolution. To be precise, Yip's exhibition visualizes images that allude at once to both matter and spirit.
I would like to extend my thanks to my co-curator Mark Holborn, chief planners Gu Bing and Shao Zhong, planner Cai Xiao, and Yu Jun, head researcher at Beijing Institute of Genomics, as well as Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Art & Science Research Center, Modern Media Co., Ltd., Beijing Rongtu Media Co., Ltd., China Science Communication, and sponsor Lancy Group, for your great support to this exhibition. Thanks the staff of Tim Yip Studio and Today Art Museum. Your joint efforts have made this exhibition a success.
Director of Today Art Museum