Artists: Feng Lianghong, Li Di, Ma Kelu, Ma Shuqing, Meng Luding, Qin Yufen, Tan Ping, Yuan Zuo, Zhu Jinshi
Opening: Aug. 31, 2016 4 pm
Exhibition Duration: Aug. 31 - Nov. 30, 2016
Venue: Yuan Art Museum, 112 Lizexiyuan North Guangshun Street Wangjing Chaoyang District, Beijing
The promotion and development of art throughout history, whether intended or unintended, active or passive, can undoubtedly be attributed to fortuitous collaborations between individual artists. Although in contemporary times the roles of art museums, galleries, critics, and collectors have been increasingly magnified, the artists’ practices and the lives they lead continue to be the driving force behind art.
Since its formation at the end of the 1970s, Chinese abstract art has at various points adopted distinctive, characteristic styles as a result of loose connections between art groups or individuals. Even during the toughest times when this genre of art was marginalized in China, the exchanges and meetings between these artists fostered a revitalizing energy that would be key to its future rise.
Yuan Art Museum, a Chinese art institution with a history of almost 10 years, keeps in close contact with a number of artists in Beijing. Through observation and collaborations, we have seen a complex phenomenon of de-stylization materialize after all the twists and turns and artistic departures and returns in this sector over the past 30 years.
Under the theme of "Early Works…", the exhibition at Yuan Art Museum brings together masterpieces by nine artists created during the 1980s and 1990s in an attempt to build up a knowledge base for art criticism by carefully researching these early artworks. The biographies of the nine artists, explorations of the nine sets of masterpieces that correlate profoundly with the artists’ career developments and current practices, as well as behind-the-scenes background stories will be arranged and compiled into nine valuable case studies for future reference.
Aug. 20, 2016 at Beijing
Feng Lianghong, 1996, New York
Feng Lianghong, Studio No.13 / No.14, 1995, Oil on Canvas, 142x112cm x2
Li Di, 1990, Braunschweig, Germany
Li Di, Night Visions, 1996, Oil on Canvas, 90x100cm
Ma Kelu, 1993, New York
Ma Kelu, Composition No.2, 1983, Oil on Canvas, 74x90cm
Ma Shuqing, 1992, Munich, Germany
Ma Shuqing, The Studies about the Stools 1-4, 1991, Tempera on Canvas, 51.5x51.5cm
Meng Luding, 1988, Beijing
Meng Luding, Primary State Series 1-5, 1988, Mixed Media, 140x120cm
Installed Situ.: Sound Installation " Spring in Jade Hall " Qin Yufen with Curator Prof. Gudrun Inboden, 1994, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Germany
Qin Yufen, Berlin Wall, 1990, Chinese Ink and Color on Ricepaper, 180x500cm
Tan Ping, 1989, Berlin
Tan Ping, Balance, 1993, Oil Media, 40x70cm
Yuan Zuo, 1987, Boston, U.S.
Yuan Zuo, Temporary Nature, 1987, Rocks, Sea Water, Branches and the Human Body, Size: Variable
Zhu Jinshi, Wuchang-Berlin, 1995, Installation, stones collected along the roads during World War II, ropes, water, 10 Kauezchensteig, Berlin, Germany
Zhu Jinshi, Koan of Sojasoce, 1993, Soy Sauce, Iron Plate, 100x200cm