Storytelling At Prada Rong Zhai

Artist Liu Ye underlines that “every work is [his] self-portrait”

Content Editor: Alice On

One of my favourite pieces from the show is Romeo, 2002, Acrylic on canvas, 65 x 80 cm shown in the first image of this photo gallery.

Photo by Danielle@DaisyCode

Photo by Danielle@DaisyCode

Today we saw Storytelling a solo showing of 30 Liu Ye paintings curated by Udo Kittelmann, exhibited in the impressive historical, Eclecticism style mansion, Rong Zha.

We booked the appointment prior online, I recommend arriving at the exact time booked. You can find the information on the webpage for each different exhibition.

We each got a high quality guide book in the signature Prada green showing the map of the RongZhai and a summary of each artwork. Available in English and 中文.

Photo by Danielle@DaisyCode

Photo by Danielle@DaisyCode

「主觀感情就是我們的現實生活,包含我們的喜悅和恐懼。」—— 劉野《預言敘事》Storytelling

Photo by Emir@DaisyCode

Photo by Emir@DaisyCode


Alice Adds

Dreamy pastel colours and childhood sweetness underscored by a creeping sense of ambiguity. I really enjoy this curation, gingerly hovering over oceans of emotional depth.

Critical of globalization, economic crisis, and the loss of innocence in Mao Zedong’s China, Liu sites equal influence from the Cultural Revolution’s propaganda and his father’s illustrations for children’s books, which were ultimately censored and a forbidden practice.

Fans of European fairy tales will also notice heavy inspiration from the likes of Hans Christian Anderson. Liu’s work brings together Western and Asian cultures, often viewed as contradictory. A blend of pulp noir, Modernism and traditional Chinese landscapes, his paintings are equally planted in traditional Eastern and Western artistic practices and cerebral trends, connecting the strengths of the past and the future.


Daisy’s Favs

Photo by Danielle@DaisyCode

Photo by Danielle@DaisyCode


186 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Nanjing Xi Lu
陕西北路186号, 近南京西路


Recommended for you