Selected works by Bai Yiluo

Bai Yiluo
Civilization (and 3 details)


Mixed media installation

(12 ceramic busts with agricultural / farmers tools and 12 stands) Each piece approximately 160 cm high including the stand

Bai Yiluo works often incorporate photography and traditional sculptural techniques, media disparate in their ancient and contemporary connotations. Bai draws upon these to develop installations which reflect the human condition as a cyclical struggle, torturously beautiful and poetically triumphant. Bai’s Civilization is a haunting monument enshrining imperious power as a corrupted vision built on labourers’ toil. Made from terracotta, classical busts pose as emperors and slaves, pierced through and defined by agricultural tools, a life force and bane. Set upon twelve individual plinths, Civilization bridges reference to both Eastern and Western spiritualism, while its violent form suggests revolution, conflict, and rebirth as the isochronal quality of nature.

Bai Yiluo
Lay Down (Hospital Bed) (and details)


Mixed media (carved tree/hollowed out inside, encased in 2000-3000 black and white standard id card photos, with lacquer coating, laying on an elongated hospital bed designed by the artist)

105 x 120 x 360 cm

In Lay Down (Hospital Bed), Bai uses a tree trunk as a symbolic form: of life, nation, culture, people. Hollowed out and ‘mummified’ with thousands of identity card photos, the log is placed on an elongated hospital bed, a sickly altar denoting hope and loss. Coated in lacquer, Bai’s sculpture exudes a regal presence in its decline, its quiet puissance and beatific aura reminiscent of sarcophagi effigies. The photographs are arranged in an interlocking pattern referencing lamellar armour (a design associated with the Zhou dynasty), each intimate portrait anonymously contributing to the power and strength of the whole.

Other artists in

Zhang Dali    Zeng Fanzhi    Wang Guangyi    Zheng Guogu    Zhang Haiying    Zhang Hongtu    Zhang Huan    Qiu Jie    Xiang Jing    Shi Jinsong    Fang Lijun    Yue Minjun    Li Qing    Wu Shanzhuan    Shen Shaomin    Li Songsong    Zhan Wang    Liu Wei    Zhang Xiaogang    Zhang Xiaotao    Cang Xin    Shi Xinning    Li Yan    Bai Yiluo    Zhang Yuan    Sun Yuan & Peng Yu    Yin Zhaohui    Feng Zhengjie

Bai Yiluo's Biography

1968 Born in Luoyang, Henan Province, China
Lives and works in Beijing


Donkey and Pig, Magician Space, Beijing, China

Fatalism-4, Meile Gallery Lausanne, Switzerland

Fatalism Animals, Marella Gallery, Beijing, China


The Twelfth International Biennial of Photography and Photo-related art, Houston, America
New World Order, Groningen, Holland
Memory and Virtual Reality, T Space, Beijing, China
Comme Des Betes, Musée Cantonal Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
Fabricating Images from History, contemporary Photography Exhibition, Chinablue, Beijing, China

Trees x9, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
Real and Vanity, Mirage Oriental Vista Art Collections, Shanghai, China
Transformation of the Dragon, China Plaza Art Centre, New York, USA
Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
Passion for Art, Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg/Vienna, Austria
The Year of the Golden Pig - Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection, Lewis Glucksman Gallery,
University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Zhu yi! Fotografia actual en China, Artium - Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporaneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

West 5 Gallery Grand Opening Exhibition, West 5 Gallery, Beijing, China
Transformation - Chinese Contemporary Photography, Perth International Photography Festival, Perth, Australia
FOCUS 2, Soka Gallery Beijing, Beijing, China
5x7 Decides Attitude, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China
CHINA NOW - Faszination einer Weltvernderung, Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg / Vienna, Austria
Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Real and Unreal - International Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition, HEYLI Contemporary Art Center, Seoul, Korea

City Re-Viewing - Guangzhou Photo Bienniale, Quangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
In and Out or In-Between, Soka Art Center, Beijing, China
Mahjong - Chinesische Gegenwartskunst aus der Sammlung Sigg, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland
Foison, Art Scene Warehouse, Shanghai, China
Leather Cover of the City, Rock Tower Culture Center, Macau, China

Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, ICP International Center of Photography, New York,
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, and The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art,
Chicago, USA
Over On Billions Served: Conceptual Photography from China, Asian Civilizations Museum of Singapore, Singapore,
Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USA

One-to-One Visions, Chambers Fine Art, New York, USA
Chinese Conceptual Photography, Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USA
Asian Factory, Bologna Museum of Contemporary Art, Bologna, Italy
Silknet, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland
Le Printemps de Chine&Quot, CRAC ALSAC, Altkirch, France
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China, Pingyao International Photography Festival,
Pingyao, Shanxi, China

Lifetime, Beijing Tokyo Art Projects, Beijing, China
Alors, la Chine?, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Distance, Guandong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
Contemporary Photography from China, Aarhus Arts Centr, Aarhus, Denmark

Run, Jump, Crawl, Walk, East Art Center, Beijing, China
China Contemporary Art, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Living in Time - 29 Contemporary Artists from China, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Self-Talking, China Art Archives & Warehouse, Beijing, China
ChinArt - Zeitgenssische Kunst aus China, Kuppersmuhle Museum, Duisburg, Germany
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao Shanxi Province, China

Take Part II, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland
Visibility, China Art Archives & Warehouse, Beijing, China