“Hotbed” by Liu Xiaodong

“The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangzi River in China is the world’s largest generator of hydro-electric power. When it was built, it displaced more than one million people and submerged more than 1,200 towns. In his painting, Hotbed, contemporary Chinese artist Liu Xiaodong offers a response to the dam project.” (https://nasher.duke.edu/large-files/Nasher-AR-Final_2010.pdf)

Here is a picture of the whole painting, which is composed of five panels. Because the image is too intricate to apprehend in such a small reproduction, please also refer to the detailed views of three individual panels below. As well, you may find the “contextual images” at the end of this page illuminating.

Hotbed01Liu Xiaodong, Hotbed, 2005, oil on canvas, 102 3/8 x 393 5/8 inches, in five panels.


DETAILS

hotbed_2Panel 2: Standing men

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Panel 3: Seating men (close-up)

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Panel 5: Crouching man


SOME CONTEXT…

THE THREE GORGES DAM

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LIU XIADONG AT WORK

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HOTBED ON DISPLAY AT A GALLERY IN THE US

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