Silk Roads – International Biennial of Culture
THE GREAT CELESTIAL ABSTRACTION
from the MACRO Museum in Testaccio to Second Life
MiC – Museums of Rome Capital
Opening 2012 January 23, 23.00 (02.00pm SLT)
The contemporary Chinese art, the complexity of its ancient roots Dao and Zen, Chaos and Cosmos, is the result of a long painting way, which was liberated by a starting manual skill as a simple confirmation of the tradition. So going beyond the executive discipline, acquiring a subjective value of gestures and a conceptual quality that allows us to recognize the latest Chinese generation in a position in the international artistic research.
The exhibition “The Great Celestial Abstraction” curated by Achille Bonito Oliva for the MACRO Testaccio in Rome, in the International Biennial of Culture “Silk Roads”, in Second Life passes through a recreation by Merlino Mayo, who has set up a path in which his performance, digital and immersive, brings us in contact with the great contemporary Chinese artists. So the works on canvas become three-dimensional with the environment surrounded by echoes of Oriental traditions.
Along the way, you will find all the notes (in Italian and English) related to Chinese artists, the curator and the presentation of the texts Commissioner for Culture and the Superintendent of Culture.
Marina Bellini (aka Mexi Lane)
Responsable and Curator at MiC
Video from MiC virtual show
References to the show in Real Life in Rome at the MACRO of Testaccio from 16 Nov 2011 to 15 Jan 2012 :
On display the selection by Achille Bonito Oliva of 32 artworks coming from the show at NAMOC – National Art Museum of China in Bejing.04-19-2010.
Lei Hong (1972), Li Huasheng (1944), Li Xiangyang (1957), Lian Quan (1948), Liu Gang (1965), Liu Xuguang (1958), Ma Kelu (1954), Meng Luding (1962), Tan Ping (1960), Xu Hongming (1971), Yu Youhan (1943), Zhang Hao (1962), Zhang Jian Jun (1955), Zhang Yu (1959), Zhou Yangming (1971).
‘The Great Celestial Abstraction – Chinese Art of the 21st Century’ is organised under the patronage of the Chinese Embassy in Italy and sponsored by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Roma Capitale, Department of Cultural Affairs and Historical Center – Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, Chamber of Commerce of Rome; organization and museum services by Zètema Progetto Cultura.
Umberto Broccoli Superintendent for Cultural Heritage in the City of Rome
Presentation by the curator Achille Bonito Oliva of the 15 chinese artists partecipants.