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MKM Museum Küppersmühle

Zhang Lin Hai, Wang Yidong & Cai Guo-Qiang:

Light & Shadow

by Rupert Winchester

Duisberg, a cheery little port and steelmaking town in North Rhine-Westphalia, is not the first place to look for the work of China's best oil painters, yet a pleasurable surprise awaited those who visited its MKM Museum Küppersmühle.

Zhang Lin Hai's paintings are striking, intense and unmistakable. His favorite motif is the shaven head of a young boy, most often seen from behind, repeated hundreds of times, and set against vast, doom-laden landscapes. The heads, which the artist…

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