Image: 17 3/4 in. × 32 ft. 9 3/4 in. (45 × 1000 cm)
Lent by M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong
Rights and Reproduction:
@ Yang Yongliang
Not on view
This composite photograph takes the form of a panoramic handscroll that presents a succession of towering mountains wreathed in mist and surrounded by expanses of open water. But upon closer examination, the majestic mountains are revealed to be composed of countless high-rise apartments and other buildings, while the “trees” are actually power-line towers and construction cranes—the ubiquitous icons of New China. What initially appears to be a pristine image of nature’s grandeur is suddenly exposed as an entirely man-made environment, except for the watery passages comprising images of actual waves and waterfalls. Created through Yang’s distinctive method of “painting” with digital photography, the seemingly harmonious traditional landscape becomes a subtle yet critical response to urbanization.
Acquired from 18Gallery, Bund 18, Shanghai, China, in 2010 by Uli Sigg, a Swiss private collector. Donated to the M+ Museum of Visual Culture in 2012.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China," December 9, 2013–April 6, 2014.