The Generational Conflict of Chen Ke

The Generational Conflict of Chen Ke
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Through sophisticated oil paintings, rapid portraits on paper and quotidian objects which bear the signs of her artistic input, Chen Ke comes face to face with the preceding generation. The entire exhibition is a complex dialogue, comprised of works and objects trouvés linked to memory, which tell the artist’s personal story. Here, Chen Ke addresses her father, an artist as well, but an exponent of traditional painting. Not unlike many young people, long desiring to emancipate herself from her parents, Chen Ke followed a life path which brought her to realise, right in the midst of a career as a contemporary artist, that the tradition she abandoned, made up of calligraphy, ink painting and poetry, is absolutely indispensable for her. The exhibition offers paintings of family scenes, elegant portraits of her father at work, fragments of texts, quickly sketched faces in pencil and objects that, placed in relation to one another, seem to pose the same question - Is art the result of individual experience or collective memory? An open question, to which the visitor can offer an answer during the itinerary, rediscovering their own life story.

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