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Rockbund Art Museum

Advance Through Retreat

ANDREAS MAYER-BRENNENSTUHL, De-growth Now (detail), 2014, Mixed-media installation, dimensions variable. 

Courtesy the artist and Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai. 

“Advance through Retreat” was an intensely serious exhibition. Its title derived from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, but a photograph of general Yuan Shikai (1859-1916), posing as a fisherman during a three-year absence from the Imperial Court, provided curator Martina Koeppel-Yang with the show’s presiding analogy. Yuan presents himself as a solitary literati, highlighting his loyalty, availability and maltreatment, yet he spent this exile reinforcing his

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