Reconstruction of the Universe

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Images by Anthony Jordon Jr


“Sun Xun to Present Large-Scale Immersive Installation at Art Basel Miami

2016 Audemars Piguet Art Commission

Open to the Public: November 28 & December 1-3, 2016, 5 – 10 PM

Sean Kelly is delighted to announce that Sun Xun’s most ambitious project to date, Reconstruction of the Universe, will be unveiled at Art Basel in Miami Beach, 2016. The artist’s entire multidisciplinary arsenal will be employed in the large-scale immersive environment of the installation. In addition to 2D and 3D animation, the work will include traditional scroll paintings, ink drawings, various architectural and design elements, as well as sound. The installation will be presented to the public during the fair, on the Miami Beach oceanfront between 21st and 22nd Streets next to Collins Park.

Since 2006, Sun Xun has overseen a large and growing animation studio to realize his increasingly complex productions. Time Spy, a film animation included in the installation, will be created using classic Chinese illustration methods, in which every frame is a fully executed woodcut. The work has required the assistance of hundreds of Chinese art students who have been supporting Sun Xun in the production of each individually crafted woodcut. The 3D animation will be projected onto a screen, which the audience will view through custom glasses designed by the artist.

Artist Sun Xun said: ‘The Audemars Piguet Art Commission is one of my most ambitious projects to date, a complex production which has required a great deal of technical accuracy, a vast team of assistants and the latest technologies. The intricate craftsmanship at the heart of Audemars Piguet is similar to my own artistic practice, and being selected to produce this commission has allowed me to work with the highest quality resources, with support from an exceptional team.’

The work will be open to the public from 5–10 pm on November 28 & December 1-3, 2016.

On December 1, from 6-7 pm, Sun Xun will be in conversation with Phil Tinari (Director, UCCA Beijing). The talk will take place at the exhibition on the watefront and will be moderated by Michael Friedman and ARTnews.

For more information on the Audemars Art Commission, please visit

Photography courtesy @antjphotog

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