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Danh Vo: We The People (Detail) 傅丹: 我们人民(局部)

  • FAURSCHOU FOUNDATION BEIJING 林冠艺术基金会 北京 798 Art District
, No.2Jiuxianqiao Road Beijing China (map)

OPENING RECEPTION: APRIL 30, 2013 | 16.00-18.00, Artist will be present

30 April – 24 August 2014

In an incredibly short time the young Danish artist, Danh Vo, has gained great global recognition with his work, which is at once conceptual and poetic. The work We the People (detail), which is currently being shown at the Faurschou Foundation Beijing, is part of a 1:1 copy of the Statue of Liberty, which for the past few years Vo has been presenting in exhibitions throughout the world.

Vo’s works are often inspired by his own experiences and often include ready-made objects, which, through the context of a particular exhibition, become part of a particular historical narrative. Thus Danh Vo deconstructs, interprets, and reinterprets our shared history in surprising and innovate ways. He examines dominant values, historical conflicts such as colonialism, migration, and cultural collective memory and their cross-border existence.

The work We The People (2011-2013) consists of more than 250 copper pieces. The goal of Danh Vo’s project was not to construct a new, whole Statue of Liberty, but rather to reconstruct its individual elements, thus enabling them to be distributed throughout the world in various museums and exhibition venues. Though the countless fragments are still associated with the iconic symbol of freedom, at the same time they also highlight the abstract nature of this concept. The work raises questions about the subject of freedom, including whether or not it is necessarily everyone’s human right.

“We The People” is the opening clause of the United States Constitution, written in 1787. Hence, the title and the sculpture both refer to the free, democratic nation, which the USA has been perceived as since the end of the 18th century. This iconic sculpture, symbolizing freedom, was designed by the French sculptor, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Completed in 1886, the Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island, south of New York City. Over the years it became the landmark that the many immigrants looked out for as they arrived in the Promised Land: the land of opportunity.

Vo challenges the canonical female figure by constructing a copy of the statue in the many hammer-formed components, like the original, which also existed first in pieces. Although in many of the pieces we recognise the torch-bearing woman, most of them have become non-figurative sculptures, “generic abstractions”, which are more reminiscent of Greek and Roman ruins or minimalist sculptures. Vo’s decision to recreate the statue’s thin copper shield with a thickness of just two millimetres, the same as two pennies, reveals the monument’s material and conceptual fragility. The installation refers, not only to the mythical significance, which the statue possesses today, but also to the very first time the statue was shown to the public. The torch-bearing hand was shown in Philadelphia in 1876 at the Centennial Exhibition, while the head was shown at the 1878 World’s Fair in Paris.

Danh Vo
Vo was born in Vietnam in 1975. Together with his family he fled the country in 1979 in a boat, which his father had built. Their intended destination was the United States. Instead the family was picked up by a Danish container ship in the Pacific. This led to their eventual settlement in Denmark. As in several of Vo’s works, there is a strong biographical element to this work’s narrative. At the same time his works transcend the personal element and, in terms of content, often articulate general issues such as what it is like to be an immigrant.

Danh Vo currently a resident of Mexico City. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen (1998 - 2002) and Städelschule in Frankfurt (2002 - 2005). He has had solo exhibitions in museums and institutions such as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Accademia di Francia in Rome, the Renaissance Society of Chicago, the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Kunsthalle Friedericianum in Kassel, Kunsthalle Basel and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 2012, he won the Hugo Boss Prize. This award was followed by a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York in March 2013. That same year his work was included in the Venice Biennale.


2014年4月30日- 2014年8月24日

年轻的丹麦艺术家傅丹以概念和诗意并存的作品在极短的时间内迅速获得了世界的高度认可。将于林冠艺术基金会(北京)展出的《我们人民 (局部)》,是自由女神像等比复制的部分雕塑,这件作品在过去几年里一直被拆分、重组,散布在世界各地展出。

傅丹的作品往往受个人经验启发,通常以现成物置于特定展览背景下,成为特定历史叙事的部分。在令人惊讶的创新中,傅丹解构、阐释和重新诠释着我们共享的历史。他审视主流价值观、历史冲突、殖民主义、移民以及文化的集体记忆和跨境存在等现象及问题 。
“我们人民(We The People)”是1787年美国宪法的开头语。作品的标题和雕塑都指涉着美国自18世纪末以来一直被视作自由与民主的国家。这个象征自由的标志性雕塑,由法国雕塑家弗雷德里克·奥古斯特·巴托尔迪(Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi)设计建造,于 1886年完工。自由女神像矗立在纽约市南边的自由岛上。它早已成为移民到达应许之地时瞭望的地标。


傅丹现居墨西哥城。他曾就读于丹麦皇家艺术学院(1998-2002)和法兰克福艺术学院(2002-2005)。并在巴黎现代艺术博物馆、法兰西罗马艺术学院、芝加哥文艺复兴协会、丹麦国家美术馆、布雷根茨美术馆、卡塞尔弗里德利卡农美术馆、巴塞尔美术馆以及阿姆斯特丹市立博物馆举办过个展。2012年,他赢得Hugo Boss大奖,并于2013年3月在纽约古根海姆举办个展。同年,他的作品在威尼斯双年展展出。