For some time, artists represented by EIGEN + ART have shown their work in museums and galleries in Beijing, Hong Kong and Hangzhou. This has resulted in a strong relationship with the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, where artists have travelled to give lectures, talks and workshops, and most recently were invited to the Interyouth Festival in Hangzhou.
In West Lake: Breaking Open, on view from August 1 until August 31, 2019, Chinese artists will be shown in Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin for the first time. Five professors of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Jianlian Guo, Qing Li, Shijian Jing, Xuhong Yu and Yangping Jin enter a dialogue with the works of Tim Eitel, Kai Schiemenz and David Schnell.
Space and time, nature, the environment, ecology, as well as socio-political themes are examined and emphasised through the various media used by the artists. In the exhibition space, the discourse and transcultural dialogue raised by the work creates a web of complex formal language.
The title of the exhibition is a clear reference to the West Lake in Hangzhou, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in China, and one of the most painted scenes in classical Chinese landscape art. The title can be interpreted as an appeal: Breaking open–a call to think the image of the present to draft a possible future without forgetting the past.
Press release courtesy Galerie Eigen + Art.