Jue Chang, Dancing Body - Drumming Mind (the last song)


Wood, metal, chairs, beds, cowhide, ropes, objects

244 x 1800 x 1400 cm (96 1/16 x 708 11/16 x 551 3/16 in.)

This network of drums made of cowhide skins stretched over structures of beds and chairs linked by a clever mesh of ropes and strings invites the viewer to experience the power of vibration through the sense of touch. In this installation, Chen Zhen connects a complex instrumental organism with our own body through a playful interaction between human and animal skins.

Chen Zhen created this second drum-shaped work, which deals with spirit and health, in 2000, the year he died. By asking the famous Chinese composer Tan Dun to collaborate on the creation of a musical performance based on Jue Chang, Dancing Body - Drumming Mind (The Last Song), the Pinault Collection paid tribute to the artist's last wishes and regenerative work.

Chen Zhen’s installation Jue Chang, Dancing Body - Drumming Mind (The Last Song) is in the Pinault Collection. It was presented during the 2009 exhibition "Un certain état du monde ?" (“A Certain State of the World?”) at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow.