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Contemporary Chinese Artists at the Fondation LV

  From January to May 2016, the Fondation Louis Vuitton will be dedicated to the Chinese art scene through a blockbuster exhibition called “Bentu, Chinese artists in a time of turbulence and transformation“ which will bring together 12 relatively unknown artists from different generations. This exhibition, the first to be devoted to contemporary Chinese art in France in the past 10 years, and which has been created in collaboration with the Ullens Center in Pekin, will explore the different meanings of Bentu (native land, in Chinese), a notion which is today at the very heart of many Chinese artists’ creative process. It implies reflecting on history, geography, the relation to the land, as well as identity or individuality. She will also try to examine how China’s creative traditions are dealing with the ever-evolving world that consecrates new techniques of production or creation. The works which are showcased, stemming from the use of a wide range of medias and materials, are the best demonstration of the complexity that characterizes today’s Chinese artistic scene. According to the Fondation, “the choice of works does …

Chiharu Shiota “The key in the hand”

The 56th Venice Biennale curated by Okwui Enwezor closed its gates on 22 November 2015. On this occasion, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, born in Osaka in 1972, represented her country. She presented a large-scale installation, “The key in the hand”, a web made from 400 kilometers of interwoven red wooden strings and 50.000 keys hanging above two rowboats. The viewer was invited to walk beneath a blood-red, almost organic ceiling that seems to heavily weigh under his head. Shiota is known to explore the notion of memory. In an interview she said: “The boats symbolize two hands catching a rain of memories, opportunities and hope. They seem to be moving forward floating calmly along a huge sea of global and individual human memory”. She seeks to work from and about traces, vestiges, footprints that the human being leaves behind him. The installation she proposed for the Venice Biennale is strongly related to this subject. She herself says: “Keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives”. That is …