HONG KONG.- Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong
is presenting Vik Muniz: Grand Tour, from 5 December 2020 16 January 2021. This is the artists fourth solo exhibition at the Hong Kong gallery, and first exhibition in the new and larger space in Wong Chuk Hang. Vik Muniz: Grand Tour brings together a selection of the artists most iconic and evocative works, from his most celebrated series over the last two decades, taking the viewer on a fantasy grand tour through time, art history, international cities and the artistic practices of one of the most ingenious and imaginative artists working today.
Muniz is renowned for his unique employment of a wide range of materials, including dust, sugar, chocolate, diamonds, caviar, toys, junk, scrap metal, dry pigment, vintage postcards and magazine shreds, to reconstruct images that tap into the viewers subconscious visual repository and ask us to reconsider the familiar imagery in its altered form. His material constructions are photographed, then either magnified or shrunken in scale, the final work of art a documentation of his conceptual and artistic processes.
During a time when the world is nostalgic for travel, Vik Muniz: Grand Tour presents whimsical images, fashioned from old postcards obsessively collected by the artist, of the Shanghai skyline, the Great Wall of China, and San Franciscos resplendent Golden Gate Bridge, as well as a world map as designated by flags, after Alighiero Boettis famous embroideries, rendered entirely from raw pigment. We are transported to the Museo del Prado in Madrid via re-imaginings of Velázquezs Las Meninas and Titians Bacchanal of the Andrians, cleverly crafted from museum catalogues and printed materials; to the exotic jungles of Brazil (Brazilian Jungle, after Rugendas (Repro), 2019); to Hiroshiges 19th century Ukiyo-e landscapes (Fuji from the Sea of Satta, Gulf of Suruga, Number 23, after Hiroshige (Pictures of Paper), 2009); to Van Goghs vantages of Saint-Rémy (Wheat Field with Cypresses, after Van Gogh (Pictures of Magazines 2), 2011); and to Ed Ruschas classic Pop image of the burning Standard Oil station (Burning Standard, after Ed Ruscha (Pictures of Cars), 2008), created from car sheet metal and steel. Also included in the exhibition are unique works from the artists Handmade series that incorporate his typical photographic work interspersed with actual objects and imagery, to create vexing trompe loeil effects that address notions of perception and materiality. There are three works from the Handmade series in the exhibition that are comprised of materials and imagery inspired by Munizs many visits to Hong Kong over the last decade, entitled Letter Rack Hong Kong (Blue, Yellow and Brown respectively), all 2019.