Rong Zhai, a 1918 historical residence in Shanghai restored by Italian fashion house Prada, has become one of the city’s most sought after cultural landmarks since its reopening in October 2017.

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The current solo exhibition at the venue, “Storytelling”, curated by Udo Kittelmann, showcases 30 artworks created by Chinese painter Liu Ye since 1992.

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The Beijing-born artist’s paintings are inspired by a variety of creative sources from memory and observation to imagination and artistic education. Taking a self-portrait approach, his creations are filled with uncertainty, attached and detached between real and surreal worlds. One of his paintings was sold for a record of US$2.5 million at a Hong Kong auction.

“Liu Ye’s paintings struck me as manifesting a dialectical constellation, for his work is not only interwoven in many ways with China’s manifold cultural developments; it also bears witness to a profound knowledge of the history of European culture and painting,” says Kittelmann.

The exhibition runs until January 20, 2019.

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