Yang Xiaolu: Fable and the Prophet

Fable and the Prophet 
Inside and Outside the Redline

February 26 - April 17, 2021
Sunzen Art Gallery
MON - FRI 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
SAT 11 AM - 6:00 PM

 Curated by Viahsta Yuan

With a fascination toward cosmic myth and supernatural power, Yang Xiaolu’s interests lie in the juxtaposition of eccentric objects that has symbolic meanings with historically or socially significant locations. In this new series, he intuitively places fictional characters or imaginary objects, such as UFOs and Santa Claus, under the harmonious night sky of Zhongnanhai, adding a surrealist and humorous vibe to his representational style. 

Zhongnanhai was built in the Ming Dynasty (1406). It had served generations of emperors as the imperial garden and had become the central headquarters and State Council of the Communist Party in 1949. A childhood encounter allowed Yang to briefly observe Zhongnanhai from far away, and that encounter has planted a seed of dialectics that nurtured his artistic creation for many years. 

The Chinese-Canadian artist Yang Xiaolu investigates his ambivalent emotion towards his home country, restrictions and centralization, as well as the confrontation of culture between the East and the West. With the laser-like red lines marking visible and invisible boundaries across the landscape, the artist showcases his intimate and complex emotion towards the location, and draws us back to the present and struck us with his manifestation of the current crisis.






Yang Xiaolu is an artist and art educator from Beijing who currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. He obtained a master’s degree in oil painting and a Ph.D. in Art History in the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. Yang’s works were exhibited internationally and were included in numerous public, private, and corporate collections around the world.


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Under the Curtain of Prophecies - Note from the Curator by VIAHSTA YUAN

An Endless Journey - About Xiaolu’s Fabel and the Prophet, by MOON HYEYOUNG

An Interview with Xiaolu - Fable and the Prophet  




Sunzen Art Gallery, 420 Howe St., Vancouver BC
Mon ~ Fri 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Sat 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM