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Major retrospective by Liu Xiaodong opens across two venues in Düsseldorf

8 June 2018

'Slow Homecoming', a joint exhibition by Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and NRW Forum Düsseldorf, is the world's first comprehensive retrospective dedicated to the Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong. Curated by Heinz-Norbert Jocks, the exhibition includes over 60 works by Liu Xiaodong created from 1983 to 2018.

The presentation at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf offers an overview of the artist's paintings, supplemented by the critically acclaimed black-and-white avant-garde film The Days (1993) by director Wang Xiaoshuai, which will be shown on 4 and 18 June 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Black Box in Düsseldorf.

NRW Forum focuses on photographic works as well as Liu Xiaodong's digital exploration of painting. It also presents the digital painting machine that XIaodong developed with scientists. In the exhibition space, pictures taken with a camera installed on the roof of the NRW-Forum are transferred by the painting machine to a canvas in real time. The slowness with which the digital image transforms into an analogue one creates the disconcerting impression that the painter is guiding the brush across the canvas by remote control.

The exhibition runs from 9 June until 19 August 2018.

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