A virtual reality project by Art Basel and Google Arts & Culture

23 March 2017

Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2016
Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2016

Art Basel collaborates with Google Arts & Culture for a virtual reality project this month in Hong Kong. ‘Virtual Frontiers: Artists experimenting with Tilt Brush’ is a collaborative presentation of work by renowned international artists boychild, Cao Fei, Robin Rhode, Sun Xun and Yang Yongliang, created with Tilt Brush by Google – a 3D drawing and painting application. During the show, visitors can explore five new virtual reality works all of which were created by artists that worked with Tilt Brush for the first time.

Here’s what you can expect at the exhibition:


Eternal Landscape


Yang Yongliang’s work responds to ‘Shan Shui’, a traditional style of Chinese ink painting that depicts scenery or natural landscapes and is often considered to be one of ancient China’s most important contributions to the history of art. ‘Eternal Landscape’ recreates a traditional Shan Shui landscape in a virtual immersive realm, while trying to preserve the classical aesthetics through a modern replica.




‘Gusheshe’ in South African township slang translates to ‘go faster’ or ‘very fast’. Here, Robin Rhode references the BMW E30, a model that was produced and driven on the streets of the townships of South Africa in the early 1990’s, a politically tumultuous time for the country.


The previous life of the Yimatu mountain


Artist Sun Xun illustrates a portrait of Yimatu, the highest mountain in Fuxin in Liaoning Province, the artist’s hometown. It focuses on the way the artist imagines what life around the Yimatu mountain would have been like in the past.


Derivation blurs the virtual and physical worlds


This is a mixed reality film by Cao Fei that depicts a utopian future where walls and societal restrictions are broken and new conversations and new possibilities emerge.


Untitled: Series of Hand Dances


boychild’s ‘Untitled: Series of Hand Dances’ is an imagination of space through several improvisational hand dances that were performed over the course of three days in Paris, France.


‘Virtual Frontiers: Artists experimenting with Tilt Brush’ will be on display in Art Basel’s Collectors Lounge on 23, 24 & 25 March 2017.

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