The World in Monochrome

The World in Monochrome
#Exhibitions

A peculiar experiment, an exploration of diversity among monochromatic works: Black and White — An Exhibition of Monochrome at the Long Museum is inspired, firstly, to the lesson of Yves Klein which recognised monochrome as the point of arrival of a long process of maturing wisdom and the essential, the only method for truly understanding space and the roots of what is essential. Colour, as far as concerns its most abstract concept, has strong psychological implications and numerous associations. The monochromatic is, thus, indicated as the system furthest from reality, as it transcends rationality and touches the most pure and primitive emotions. It creates illusions, di-stracts people from the quotidian and, therefore, tinges the work with the infinite. The exhibition takes on something basic and essential - black and white. The perfect opposites, elementary elements of style in artistic terms, also within the Chinese tradition: it is enough to reflect on techniques of calligraphy, extremely rooted and still utilised by contemporary artists, reinterpreting freely and abstractly. Among these, there is Ma Desheng, on display with his sophisticated works in black ink on paper. Including monochrome paintings, photos and glazed ceramics, the exhibition ends with an exaltation of the colour red!
Chiara Vedovetto - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai