THE EMPEROR OF CHINA’S ICE, AN ARTIST BURIED 1000 KG OF ICE IN THE GROUND

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2019
A children's book, with illustrations by Yuuki Nishimura. A sculpture at the Austrian Sculpture Park.

The Emperor of China’s Ice
is the title of Jun Yang’s contribution to the Austrian Sculpture Park. It is based on a myth according to which, in ancient China, ice blocks were buried in the win- ter months and then served as ice cream in summer. At the end of November 2018, a 1 m3 (1000kg) block of ice was buried in an embankment in the Austrian Sculpture Park. At the Sculpture Park’s Spring Celebration in May 2019, the ice was excavated again.
Yang decided to make a children’s book to accompany the project. He invited the Japanese children’s book illustrator Yuuki Nishimura to illustrate the book. For the second version of the book they created the new story “An Artist Buried 1000kg of Ice in the Ground”.
The first version was published in German and English with Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Vienna, 2019.
The second version of this book was published in Chinese and English with Kuan Culture Studio, Taipei, 2020; the German version was published with Villa Merkel, Galerie der Stadt Esslingen in 2022.

Exhibition list:
2022 Villa Merkel, Esslingen (DE)
2021 ACC, Gwangju (KR)
2021 MoCA, Taipei (TW)
2020 Kuandu Museum; TKG+ Projects, Taipei (TW)
2019 Kunsthaus Graz, Austrian Sculpture Park (AT)

https://vfmk.org/de/shop/jun-yang

https://www.museum-joanneum.at/en/austrian-sculpture-park/sculptures/artists-in-residence/events/event/7971/jun-yang-5

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second version cover
exhibition view MoCA Taipei, 2021
exhibition view MoCA Taipei, 2021
1000 kg of ice
Austrian Sculpture Park 2019