chi K11 Art Space
Zhu Jinshi, b. 1954, The Lost Botanical Garden, 2014
Oil on canvas, 180 x 640 cm (70 9/10 x 252 in.)
11–14 September, 2014
Opening (invitation only): Wednesday, 10 September, 5–9pm
Opening Party (invitation only): Wednesday, 10 September, 8–10pm
SHANGHAI—Pearl Lam Galleries, one of the most influential drivers of Asia’s contemporary art scene, is proud to present Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi’s The Lost Botanical Garden at China’s inaugural Art in the City art fair, featuring works by leading contemporary galleries based in Shanghai.
One of the leading exponents of contemporary Chinese abstract art, Zhu Jinshi is well known for the heavily encrusted surfaces of his works created with thick layers of paint, which seem to be dripping off the canvas. His work combines the painting traditions of China with the West in a highly individualised visual language.
The Lost Botanical Garden is a four-panel work that represents inner spirituality, the harmony between human beings and the natural world, as well as Zhu’s subjectivity and his experience of the world in the form of paint. The strong and lyrical colours infuse the painting with a powerful and irresistible allure in line with Fauvism. Unlike Zhu Jinshi’s other abstract paintings, animals, trees and the sky loom on the canvas—some by intention and some unconsciously. This 4-panel work was created using hundreds of spatulas and wooden shovels to help the quadriptych achieve an astonishing sculptural presence.
About Zhu Jinshi
Born in Beijing in 1954, Zhu Jinshi studied painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts from 1973 to 1977. Zhu moved to Germany in the mid-1980s and worked as a lecturer in the Architecture Department at Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin) in 1994. At present, he lives and works in Beijing.
Zhu began painting abstract works in the late 1970s, and participated in the Stars group exhibition, the first avant-garde art show held after the Cultural Revolution. The core of Zhu’s artistic practice is best represented by traditional Chinese aesthetics, which emphasises the harmony between human beings and the natural world.
Zhu also uses traditional images that reference reality in his works; eventually, the depicted reality is in the form of abstract art with completely free brushstrokes. Rather than a logical analysis, summarisation or expression of individual emotions, the artist characterises his paintings as “mind images” produced by the complete comprehension of a given phenomenon. He believes that his perception and understanding of the world can be fittingly expressed only through sustained contact and dialogue with materials; it is through this process that these materials act as vehicles for his inner spirituality.
Zhu Jinshi’s recent solo exhibitions include Simplicity (2014) at Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; Zhu Jinshi: The Reality of Paint (2013) at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong; and Blum & Poe at ADAA: The Art Show 2013, New York, USA. He has shown widely in major international and national exhibitions, including China Avant-Garde Art (1993) in Berlin; Yi Pai: 30 years of Abstract Art in China (2008), La Caixa Forum in Palma, Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; Yi Pai—Century Thinking (2009) at Today Art Museum, Beijing, China; Wu Ming, Form is Formless—Chinese Contemporary Abstract Art (2011) at Contrasts Gallery (now Pearl Lam Fine Art), Shanghai, China; Mind Space—Maximalism in Contrasts (2010) at Contrasts Gallery (now Pearl Lam Fine Art), Shanghai, China; Mind Space—Maximalism in Contrasts (2011) at the University of Pittsburgh, USA; and Mind Space: Maximalism in Contrasts (2012), Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, New York, USA. Zhu’s works were recently on show in 28 Chinese at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami.
About Pearl Lam Galleries
Founded by Pearl Lam, Pearl Lam Galleries is a driving force within Asia’s contemporary art scene. With over 20 years of experience exhibiting Asian and Western art and design, it is one of the leading and most established contemporary art galleries to be launched out of China. Playing a vital role in stimulating international dialogue on Chinese and Asian contemporary art, the Galleries is dedicated to championing artists who re-evaluate and challenge perceptions of cultural practice from the region. The Galleries in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore collaborate with renowned curators, each presenting distinct programming from major solo exhibitions, special projects and installations to conceptually rigorous group shows. Based on the philosophy of Chinese Literati where art forms have no hierarchy, Pearl Lam Galleries is dedicated to breaking down boundaries between different disciplines, with a unique gallery model committed to encouraging cross-cultural exchange.
Contemporary Chinese Abstract art is heavily represented in the Galleries roster. Influential Chinese artists Zhu Jinshi and Su Xiaobai, who synthesise Chinese sensibilities with an international visual language, are presented internationally with work now included in major private and public collections worldwide. The Galleries have also introduced leading international artists such as Jenny Holzer, Jim Lambie and Yinka Shonibare MBE to markets in the region, providing opportunities for new audiences in Asia to encounter their work. Pearl Lam Galleries encourages international artists to create new work, which engages specifically with the region—collaborating to produce thought-provoking and culturally relevant work.
Pearl Lam Design shows works by established and emerging international designers, including Maarten Baas, Mattia Bonetti, André Dubreuil, and Studio Makkink & Bey, in exhibitions and design fairs around the world. They are invited to push the boundaries of traditional Chinese art and craft techniques and create new works that reflect their experiences in China. A fourth gallery and concept store devoted solely to design will open shortly in Shanghai.
About the Art in the City
Art in the City is a groundbreaking new project that supports art in Shanghai and China. With its ever-expanding system of museums, foundations, galleries and art-related initiatives, Shanghai is the region’s artistic epicentre. Art in the City was created to complement this position with a series of services and events, emphasising the role of the city as a creative global capital where the cultural and the economic find new ways of interacting.
Premiering in September 2014, Art in the City Festival is an annual event organised in collaboration with K11 Art Mall, Shanghai’s most sophisticated art and lifestyle destination. The event is a 10-day extravaganza set in chi K11 art museum, an elegant gathering place for appreciators of art.
The Festival will also host a series of lectures, conferences and roundtable discussions, which address topics related to art collecting and display in both public and private settings. These activities are complemented by bus services, tours of the city’s art spots and parties, all of which provide first-hand exposure to Shanghai’s dynamic art scene.
Moxian Sun / Pearl Lam Galleries
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