When: March 9th – 19th 2017
Where: First Floor Hall 3,5,7, National Art Museum of China, Beijing Shi, China
Curator: Peng Feng (Professor of at Peking University School of Arts, art critic and curator of the Chinese Pavilion at the 54th Biennale di Venezia)
Fu Wenjun, Post-industrial Era; photography installation
The relationship between photography and painting has always captured the interest of arts scholars. According to most fundamentalist scholars of aesthetics, ontological differences exist between photography and painting. The appearance of the digital imaging technology has destroyed the cause-effect relation between photography and the object. Photographer, like a painter, can collect any kind of visual elements to express ideas or feelings. Observers can appreciate the workpiece as if it was a painting, understanding the morale and implied meaning of the photographic work. Fu Wenjun towards such new photographic art, named digital painting photography, wants to master photography as if it was a painter, to express independent ideas, morale, and even abstract mental states. Fu Wenjun is a forerunner in the field of digital painting photography, this exhibition presents 5 series of 57 workpieces realized in the last few years; they will lead us to a visionary, deep world permeated with poetic meaning and tension, displaying the expressive force of contemporary photography.
Peng Feng (curator)
Fu Wenjun, Chinese contemporary artist, was graduated from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. He creates principally through the art media of photography, installation, sculpture and oil painting, and has put forward the concept of “digital painting abstract photography”.
His works embody his thinking and reflection on many issues related to the Eastern and Western history, culture and humanity, including the relationship between different cultures in the age of globalization, the heritage of traditional Chinese culture in a rapidly changing society, industrialization and urbanization in Chinese cities.
He has presented his solo exhibitions at the Old Summer Palace Museum (Beijing), at the Today Art Museum (Beijing), at the United Nations Headquarters (New York), at the Guangdong Museum of Art (Guangzhou) and at other international art organizations. His works are exhibited at significant international exhibitions, such as the Triennale dell’Arte Contemporanea, the 1st Asia Biennial/5th Guangzhou Triennial, the XVIII Bienal de Cerveira, NordArt, and the collateral exhibition of Biennale di Venezia 2013, entitled Voice of the Unseen Chinese Independent Art 1979/Today.