Zhu Yu, Pioneer of Conceptual Art

Zhu Yu, Pioneer of Conceptual Art
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The last five years of research and work of the Chinese artist Zhu Yu - pioneer of Conceptual Art in China, initially a fearless performer and always an innovator - are featured in his third monographic exhibition Mute at the Long March Space. Mute offers a self-portrait, still lifes, various portraits of posed figures. These pieces from the new body of work of the artist reflect on how much the act of being silent, acting under cover and rejecting every type of system or conceptual validation have for the artist both artistically and ethically. The exhibition allows the spectator complete interpretive freedom, devoid of all predetermined guidelines, introductions or explanations of the work presented. Rather, they are merely displayed in all their inherent power and rigour. For the artist, life and death meet on the canvas and bring about a more ample and universal reflection on the value of human life, but also on the pictorial act which traces its journey, its trajectory. In the Artist Room, just recently inaugurated at the gallery, a limited edition volume describes the modus operandi of the artist and bears witness to his peculiar professional and human voyage.
Manuela Lietti - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing