Existence and Transcendence: Wang Guangyi’s Solo Exhibition

 

At 4:30 pm on November 25, the Chinese contemporary art circle focused their eyes on Wuhan United Art Museum. Here, nearly 400 domestic famous artists, critics, collectors and representatives of media organizations attended the opening ceremony of Wang Guangyi’s solo exhibition. 

As an important part of the “@ Wuhan 2016” art season, “Existence and Transcendence: Wang Guangyi’s Solo Exhibition”, which was carefully planned by the critic and curator Lu Hong, held its opening ceremony at United Art Museum. Associate curator of United Art Museum hosted the opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, the seminar of “Existence and Transcendence: Wang Guangyi’s Solo Exhibition” held two sessions in the morning and afternoon in United Art Museum.

The exhibition combed the artists works created from 1986 till his recent creations. The media types covered installation, sculpture, video and so on. The exhibition was divided into six parts: idol’s negative film, boundary of cognition, visual politics, cold war aesthetics, clue of thought, and dilemma of faith. Through the summary and review of Wang Guangyi’s artistic practice and results since 1980s, the exhibition gradually built a full-bodied Wang Guangyi. 
Huang Liping, curator of United Art Museum, said, “Existence and Transcendence: Wang Guangyi’s Solo Exhibition” was another large-scale retrospective of the artist. After more than four years, this title can be seen as the “custom” of the exhibition’s purport, as well as the “re-definition” of the past thoughts development course from today’s time coordinate point, and the further extension advocated by “cultural correction”. In my opinion, this exhibition was entirely held for the community, and for the city (Wuhan) where he once worked.

Lu Hong, executive curator of United Art Museum, introduced that, as one of the most important representative artists of Chinese contemporary art, Wang Guangyi, in his 30 years of artistic creation, expressed his comprehensive reflection on major propositions like history, art, life, etc. by using different art forms of painting and installation, and then explained his profound understanding of the relationship between human existence and ideology.

forms of painting and installation, and then explained his profound understanding of the relationship between human existence and ideology. Artist Wang Guangyi said, “‘Transcendence’ is a word often used when people talk about religion. I just use it in specific contexts, which endow it the feeling of freshness. My most considered problem in these two years is that art should be related to the quality of transcendence. Art is more than a sense of perception on general level, and it should be related to agnostic things. This problem has been plaguing me. Perhaps other people don’t agree with me. It’s ok, for art has many possibilities, only that I choose this possibility—— the feeling of transcendence and mystery.”

In addition, United Art Museum will also hold a special lecture of Wang Guangyi and a series of public education activities. The exhibition will continue until April 25, 2017.