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Solo show: CHEN GUANGWU - MINIMAL ORIENTAL oder Das Große Lernen (over)

24 January 2009 until 21 February 2009
  CHEN GUANGWU - MINIMAL ORIENTAL oder Das Große Lernen
Chen Guangwu
 
www.alexanderochs-galleries.com ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING

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CHEN GUANGWU | MINIMAL ORIENTAL
January 24th - February 21st 2009

Opening
Friday, January 23rd 2009, 7 - 9 pm

The artist will be present.

Venue
ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING

Sophienstrasse 21, ground floor (former Contemporary Fine Arts)
10178 Berlin
Germany

Opening hours
Tues - Fri 10 am - 6 pm
Sat 11 am - 6 pm

Upcoming Shows 2009 as pdf-File 24,9 KB

CHEN GUANGWU | MINIMAL ORIENTAL
or
The Great Learning


In this exhibition the gallery is pleased to present Chen Guangwu, one of China's most extraordinary conceptual artists. As a calligrapher, sculptor and painter, this Beijing artist engages with traditional forms of Chinese classical art, and uses their perversion and destruction as the foundation for his transcendentally formulating (and generally minimalist) works.

While the artist's calligraphy has already been shown in museums such as Hamburger Kunsthalle, Berlin's Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Kunsthalle Bern, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, or just recently at Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Taiwan), the exhibition MINIMAL ORIENTAL presents for the first time his drip paintings and sculptural work.

In so doing, Chen Guangwu primarily presents his own interpretations of what he sees as a largely destroyed culture and a society that perverts the essence of its art and history to the point of disappearance. For example, he copies the texts from the four canonic books of Confucianism using an ink brush, to then dissolve the result of months of work in water and make a sculpture out of the resulting paper mush.

The Great Learning also refers to a Confucian text with the same name, but while that text describes a philosophy that wants to place the "actions of the individual in the service of higher goals," the artist has cut out the signs from the paper and piled them up resulting in a no longer legible texture.

The Preface to a Meeting of Orchids Pavilion by the most popular Chinese calligrapher Wang Xizhi (344-365 BC) the artist makes copies on 2700 small wooden blocks. Visitors to the exhibition can play with these wood blocks and by the change in position destroy them irreversibly.

In so doing, as in Chen Guangwu's works as a whole-a new image emerges, which does justice to the universality of art. While remaining quite Chinese, it can be understood by Westerners as well.

This is the artist's first solo show in Europe.

COMING SOON NEW LOCATION IN BEIJING

No. 13, courtyard 241, Caochangdi, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District, 100015 Beijing

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