Art@Site Wenling Chen What You Saw May Not be the Truth

Wenling Chen


What You Saw May Not be the Truth

Parkview Green
The sculpture 'What You see Might Not Be Real,' by Chen Wenling, was displayed at a Beijing gallery Sunday. The artwork is a critique of the global financial crisis, with the bull representing Wall Street and the man pinned to the wall representing Bernard Madoff. Three odd things about this Chinese sculpture: 1) It appears that Madoff has horns (wonder what THAT means) and 2) The bull appears to be badly flatulent. Worst of all, it somehow implies that it was Wall Street captured or uncovered Madoff’s crimes — when in fact it was the Bear market that revealed his sins.
What You Saw May Not be the Truth. What is it? Chen Wenling’s slapstick sculpture is of a raging, farting bull ramming a man into the wall in this upmarket shopping mall. This piece of art, more commonly known as The Farting Bull, has become well known for both its humour and its comment on global finance – the victim of the bull’s fart-powered charge is the infamous Ponzi scheme fraudster Bernard Madoff. The expert opinion: ‘Parkview Green has a very impressive private collection. The displays in the mall raise questions of how private and public tastes and interests should be negotiated in such privately owned public space.’ Tang Zehui, director of curatorial affairs, Red Brick Art Museum. Time Out says: This one appeals to the whole family: critique and satire for the adults, cartoon humour for the kids. If we had 1RMB for every time we’ve seen ironic selfies taken in front of this... Parkview Green, 9 Dongdaqiao Lu, Chaoyang district 朝阳区东大桥路9号(世贸天阶西门对面)