November 25, 2016: Swiss fine watch brand Audemars Piguet unveiled the second artist of the Audemars Piguet Art Commission in Blassus- Chinese artist Sun Xun’s new immersive video installation artwork ‘Reconstruction of the Universe’. This large-scale work of art will debut for the first time at the Art Basel Miami Station on November 29, 2016. The entire exhibition hall spans a block on the Miami waterfront.
Sun Xun’s ‘Reinventing the Universe’ uses the concept of immersive creation. Through the combination of 2D and 3D animation, and the combination of traditional scroll painting, ink painting, sound effects, different architectural and design elements, this work is presented in a bent The huge exhibition hall made of bamboo brings extraordinary sensory experience to the audience. Sun Xun devoted great artistic wisdom to create the most technically complex works of art in his personal creation. This work of art is a perfect fusion of traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology, intended to explore the grand themes of global history, politics, and memory. At dusk, the audience will be invited to enter this radiant and huge exhibition hall to fully experience the shocking effect of this work.
With the recommendation of guest curator Shen Ruihuan, Sun Xun became the second artist selected in the Audemars Piguet commission. In the summer of 2016, Audemars Piguet worked with Sun Xun and his team to study innovative solutions to design three spherical screens in his art installation to realize the playback of the video work ‘Time Spy’.
The inspiration for the animation creation in Remaking the Universe comes from the five elements of gold, wood, fire, water, and earth. In Chinese traditional culture, the five elements constitute the entire universe and influence the change of everything in the world. The art works use a variety of materials to represent the five elements: use toner to create animations that show the working conditions of coal miners, use large woodcut animations to depict blooming white flowers, traditional ink paintings to interpret the surging waves, and color pencils to depict the image of ants and the earth, Create a lifelike experience for the viewer.
‘Rebuilding the Universe’ will present a very diverse visual image, the design inspiration comes from Sun Xun’s deep understanding of Eastern and Western cultural traditions. One of the images is reminiscent of the Song and Ink paintings, which set the tone of the whole work; the other content is a glimpse of social realism, the Renaissance and many modern and contemporary art forms.
Reinventing the Universe also benefited from the cooperation of three galleries related to Sun Xun: Sean Kelly Gallery in New York, ShanghART Gallery in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore, and Maling Gallery in Hong Kong.
Sun Xun said: ‘I am very much looking forward to exhibiting’ Reinventing the Universe ‘in Miami, hoping that this piece of work will bring a unique experience to the audience. The immersive creative concept environment can connect the past and the present and reflect global history and memories. I hope The audience can feel entering a whole new world. I have always been fascinated by the theme of time, and this work created for the Audemars Piguet commission will express my exploration of the historical aspects and metaphysics of the world around us. ‘
Olivier Audemars, Vice Chairman of Audemars Piguet’s Board of Directors, said: ‘The original intention of the Audemars Piguet commission for artistic creation is to hope to make an important contribution to the contemporary art world. Artist Sun Xun has created a number of works that have a profound impact on the art world. We are very honored to be able to Exhibiting one of his largest projects to date. Sun Xun pursues sophisticated technology and is committed to innovation, adhering to the same core values as Audemars Piguet-driving the rules and creating innovation. ‘
In addition to Audemars Piguet’s art creation commission, Audemars Piguet will continue to exhibit in the Collectors Lounge of the Art Basel collectors. The collector’s living room is designed by Chilean designer Sebastian Errazuriz. It is inspired by the winter snow scenes in the valley of Ru Valley and uses the cycle of melting ice to metaphorize the passage of time. Masterpieces of Audemars Piguet timepieces, as well as live demonstrations of fine watchmaking.