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Last Days of Village Wen

Last Days of Village Wen

(Chinese, b. 1963)
Overall: 37.8 x 953.2 cm (14 7/8 x 375 1/4 in.); Painting only: 34.6 x 657.8 cm (13 5/8 x 259 in.)
Location: not on view


Ji Yun-Fei explores the themes of human migration and environmental change in this 14-meter long handscroll. “We risk losing ourselves even more, metaphysically, as we become more and more disconnected with nature and memory,” Ji says, alluding to the human cost of rapid development. The artist created a narrative inspired by China’s rich cultural tradition, drawing from memories of folktales and ghost stories. His imagery, both fanciful and realistic, provides metaphors for reflection on human conditions.
  • 2011-2012
    Collection of the Artist, New York, NY
    (James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Cai, Bingqiao [蔡秉橋 = Paula Tsai], editor. Ji Yunfei: shui li gong cheng [季雲飛: 水利工程 = Yun-fei Ji: water work]. Hong Kong; Beijing: UCCA Books, 2012. pp. 134-154
    Chung, Anita. "Re-emergence: New Chinese Galleries and Art Acquisitions of The Cleveland Museum of Art." Orientations vol 44 no. 8 (November/December 2013): 64-75. Reproduced: pp. 74-75, fig. 10
  • Ji Yunfei: Last Days of Village Wen. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 12-July 31, 2016).
    Yun-fei Ji: Water Work. Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (June 2-July 15, 2012).
    A Terrible Beauty is Born. The 11th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (September 15-December 31, 2011).
  • {{cite web|title=Last Days of Village Wen|url=false|author=Yun-Fei Ji|year=2011|access-date=30 May 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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