Audemars Piguet, a Swiss watchmaker, will present the art work ‘Circadian Rhythm’ by Chinese artist Cheng Ran at the Collectors Lounge at the Art Basel Hong Kong Station ). This work is the crystallization of one of Audemars Piguet’s collaborations with artists, showing the brand’s cultural and regional origins. ‘Day and Night’ also shows Cheng Ran’s unique interpretation of Audemars Piguet’s headquarters in the Jura Valley, Switzerland’s Jurassic Mountains, reflecting the brand’s deep historical heritage, close connection with the natural environment of the Jura Valley in the Jurassic Mountains, and advanced Creativity, innovation and independence in watchmaking.
Chinese artist Cheng Ran
Cheng Ran chose the Jura Valley as the shooting location for the video installation art work ‘Day and Night’, constantly changing perspectives in landscape and sound, allowing viewers to smoothly move between the world of streams, moss forests, and masterpieces of timepieces . With the development of the film, the subtle sound of nature and the ticking movement of the timepiece movement are intertwined with each other, blending into the picturesque scenery of the birthplace of Audemars Piguet. The fascinating picture leads the audience to deeply immerse themselves in Cheng Ran’s world and feel the unique atmosphere of this place where the brand’s innovative spirit has been bred.
Born in Inner Mongolia, China in 1981, Cheng Ran is one of the most striking young Chinese artists today. He is well-known for breaking through the boundaries of video art. He borrowed heavily from Chinese and Western cultures and history in his works, and replaced the straightforward narrative method with visual effects of time and space. In 2016, Cheng Ran was invited to collaborate with the K11 Art Foundation to exhibit at the New Museum in New York for three months. Subsequently, he was invited to exhibit his art works in the ‘Yu Shi Yu Pioneer-Audemars Piguet Contemporary Art and Fine Watch Exhibition’ held in Shanghai in October of the same year.
The artist Cheng Ran said, ‘Audemars Piguet’s pursuit of craftsmanship and attention to detail when creating each masterpiece of timepieces has given me infinite inspiration. I use the experimental medium to lead the audience and hope that they will be immersed in my art works. Very Thank you for this opportunity to continue working with Audemars Piguet after exhibiting my work in Shanghai at the end of last year. ‘
Olivier Audemars, Audemars Piguet’s Board Chairman, said: ‘Since its founding in 1875, Audemars Piguet has continued to advance the fine watchmaking process. This persistence has also established an important relationship between Audemars Piguet and artistic creation. Through this art In his work, Cheng Ran presents the core of Audemars Piguet’s fine watchmaking craftsmanship, reveals our close connection with nature, and is a wonderful journey beyond expectations. ‘Day and Night’ merges art and watchmaking into one, making the two The perfect and harmonious combination of the same, in the same vein. ‘