Xinyi Cheng

Seen Through Others

Exhibition until 28 May 2022

Still 6 days

Free entry, no booking

Monday 11am - 7pm

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 11am - 7pm

Thursday 11am - 9pm

Friday 11am - 7pm

Saturday 11am - 7pm

Sunday 11am - 7pm

For Cheng’s first major institutional exhibition in France, the presentation brings together over thirty existing works from 2016 to 2021 spread across the whole building. Shown in unfamiliar groupings, they open up novel correlations and understandings within her oeuvre.

The exhibition starts with a sequence of interior and nocturnal situations, continuing upstairs to include works that progressively explore our metaphysical relationship to the world through animals and natural forces. On the top floor, Cheng’s latest tableaux of characters—humans and dogs outdoors — appear against the backdrop of the vast windows looking out over the skyline.

Beyond a false softness, these new works represent her reflection not only on what it means for us to co-exist with one another, but on what it means to be human. Through her coruscating colour treatments on canvas, Cheng offers her insights to a baffling world, revealing enigmatic images.

The constellation of subjects and scenes captured in Xinyi Cheng’s evocative paintings are drawn from her encounters. From a tiny dog called Monroe staring at a bone on a red carpet to a man in leopard-print boxer shorts on a sofa speaking on the phone, her works unravel complex emotions, desires, and dynamics that permeate contemporary life.

Cheng’s expressive use of light and colour help conjure feelings, reveries, and impulses that reside within our everyday experiences of being in the world. In an often enigmatic atmosphere of dreams and solitude, the characters depicted by the artist sound like unexpected tributes to the moderns such as Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas or Caillebotte.

Curator: Christina Li

In partnership with Libération, The New York Times, Télérama and Paulette.

Free entry, no booking

Monday 11am - 7pm

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 11am - 7pm

Thursday 11am - 9pm

Friday 11am - 7pm

Saturday 11am - 7pm

Sunday 11am - 7pm

Exhibition view "Seen through others" of Xinyi Cheng © Pierre Antoine
Exhibition view "Seen through others" of Xinyi Cheng © Pierre Antoine
Exhibition view "Seen through others" of Xinyi Cheng © Pierre Antoine