Yan Pei-Ming - Tigers and Vultures
For the Grande Chapelle in the Palace of the Popes, artist Yan Pei-Ming has painted three monumental works that convey all the theatricality of the complex history of the papal presence in Avignon in the Middle Ages, and that resonate with the world we live in today.
On the West wall hangs a self-portrait portrayed in three persons. In the centre, the artist is withdrawn and meditative, wearing a white cassock and seated on a throne which could be the throne of Pope Innocent X. On each side is a self-portrait of the artist in ordinary clothing in everyday situation. He seems dubious, or fierce, or bad, it is not easy to tell. Above the altar is a Crucifixion scene that incorporates his portrait in the face of Christ suffering. His downward gaze takes the viewer downward, to the bottom of the south wall of the Grande Chapelle and the immense painting of Exodus, filled iwth bats which strikingly bring to mind the Bestiaries of the Middle Ages, while also echoing past and current history of great migrations.
The exhibition at the Collection Lambert displays nearly 40 works from over 40 years of Yan Pei-Ming's career. The figures of Innocent X, Paul III, Bruce Lee, Che Guevara, Marilyn, Martin Luther King, Lee Harvey Oswald, John F. Kennedy and Mao are displayed in the rooms of the ground floor of this 18th-century city mansion-turned museum, alongside portraits of men and women — American soldiers, illegal immigrants, Sudanese children, prostitutes, unknown faces, the artist's mother and father — and imaginary landscapes of migration and paintings of wild animals, tigers and vultures.
Curator general: Henri Loyrette
Associate curators: Dominique Vingtain, curator, Palace of the Popes, and Stéphane Ibars, artistic director, Collection Lambert.
19 May 2021 – 31 January 2022
Grande Chapelle in the Palace of the Popes
26 June – 26 September 2021
Collection Lambert, Avignon
Tarifs Collection Lambert : plein 10 € / réduit 8 €. Tarif enfant (6-11 ans) : 2€.
Gratuit – de 6 ans.
Tarifs Palais des papes : plein 12 € / réduit 10 €. Gratuit – de 8 ans, presse.
Tarif réduit applicable sur le second site d’exposition, sur présentation d’un billet d’entrée sur le premier site.