Five Ways to Reach the Absolute in Art

Five Ways to Reach the Absolute in Art
#Exhibitions

The exhibition Chinese Colors: Eastward Turn to Absoluteness includes the works of Qiu Shihua, Liang Shaoji, Qin Yifeng, Liu Jianhua and Chen Yujun, artists whose expressive forms have regenerated Chinese tradition and the contemporary art world. The monochromatic paintings, apparently lacking any iconographic reference, of Qiu Shihua offer landscapes, visions that are only truly revealed to an attentive eye as veritable illuminations, bringing together art, philosophy and meditation. Liang Shaoji has always used silk, a self-declared artist/artisan who works on the cusp between installations and sculpture, art and biology, new media and traditional textiles. Liu Jianhua uses the language of ceramics to create installations that have often subverted the authority of such materiala, a sense of grandeur and absolute beauty. Qin Yifeng, one of China’s first artists dedicated to abstract art, presents photos dominated by grey tones, while Chen Yujun, the youngest participant in the exhibition, offers abstract and polychromatic collage pieces. Despite their diversity, all the artists use materials which are typically Chinese, bringing them new meaning in regards to their connection with the natural world, emphasising the necessity of the individual to relate to the natural world inclusively and holistically.

Manuela Lietti - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai