POSTED BY admin | January 11th, 2010
On January 6th, Malcolm Brodie wrote the following letter to the editors of the Richmond Review newspaper regarding public response to a recent sculpture installation. Full text is faithfully reprinted below.
There has been a great deal of public discussion about the recent installation of “Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head,” a public art piece located at the intersection of Elmbridge and Alderbridge Way.
This is part of the Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale (VISB) which will ultimately showcase nine sculptures, on an interim basis, throughout our community with more in Vancouver until early 2011. The VISB is a non-profit organization whose goal is to bi-annually mount an outdoor public art exhibition, featuring major sculptures, new media, and performance works by some of the world’s most celebrated and emerging artists.
Richmond City Council has supported public art over many years. Involvement in the VISB is part of the City’s commitment. Other Biennale works currently installed include Yvonne Domenge’s “Olas de Viento (Wind Waves)” at Garry Point Park and Dennis Oppenheim’s “Arriving Home” at YVR International Arrivals. Watch for “Water #10” soon to be situated near the Aberdeen Station on the Middle Arm Waterfront Greenway, amongst others.
There are always a variety of opinions about any work of art, including this sculpture. In fact, public art is meant to provoke discussion—making us stop, think and reflect on the experience. This particular sculpture presents a provocative and unconventional depiction of Mao and Lenin. This piece may remind us that because we have freedom of expression in Canada, we need not fear censorship.
I hope that each piece of public art will cause residents and visitors alike to stop and reflect. Freedom for artistic expression and the right to express an opinion are fundamental rights all Canadians enjoy.
Malcolm D. Brodie
POSTED BY admin | January 9th, 2010
ABOUT THE VANCOUVER BIENNALE
The Vancouver Biennale is a non-profit organization that mounts bi-annual public art exhibitions, bringing sculptures, new media and performance works by celebrated and emerging international artists to Vancouver and surrounding area parks, beaches and urban plazas. In doing so, the Biennale creates an open-air museum that merges the natural beauty of our landscape and our love of outdoor recreation with a world-class cultural experience, all contributing to our designation as one of the most livable cities in the world.
POSTED BY admin | January 7th, 2010
“Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head”, the newest installation of sculpture for the Vancouver Biennale has created quite an international stir!
Not only has the large and intense piece created a lot of great conversation and debate locally, especially within the city of Richmond where it is located, but also in the USA and beyonod.
In Canada, more and more attention has been paid to the Vancouver Biennale. Check out this excellent video done by CTV.
POSTED BY admin | January 5th, 2010
The City of Richmond is abuzz with talk about a recent Vancouver Biennale sculpture installation by China’s amazing Gao Brothers.
It’s called Miss Mao Trying to Poise Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head and if you’re thinking that maybe it’s just a little controversial, you’re right!
As Randy Shore of the Vancouver Sun notes in this piece on the installation, “A public art installation depicting Russian Communist leader Vladimir Lenin and a feminized Chairman Mao Zedong in the heart of Richmond’s business district has the whole town talking.”
Feminized Chairman Mao Zedong!? In the heart of Richmond, BC?!
For more info check out this article in the Richmond Review.