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Beautiful Dream 3

Duan Jianyu (Chinese, born 1970)

Date:
2008
Culture:
China
Medium:
Ink on cardboard
Dimensions:
15 3/8 × 21 1/4 in. (39 × 54 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Lent by the Sigg Collection
Rights and Reproduction:
© Duan Jianyu
  • Description

    Painted on flattened cardboard boxes, these images illustrate some of China’s most iconic landscapes: the Great Wall, the "Welcoming-Guest Pine” on Mount Huang, a Yunnanese pavilion juxtaposed with a bird alighting on a bare tree branch, and Guilin’s spindly karst-formation mountains reflected in the Li River. These clichéd images—virtual “brands” for package tours—are further trivialized by being painted on the quintessential medium for packaging commercial goods. But Duan has carefully crafted these postcard-like landscapes, using the cardboards’ creased, corrugated texture to create a sense of intimacy and understated beauty that transcend the works’ mundane origins in material culture.

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