Current Exhbition
Cao Jingping, Slanting Willow, acrylic on canvas, 2010

PURE VIEWS:
NEW PAINTING FROM CHINA

15 October –  4 December 2010
Opening Reception: 14 October 2010, 6.00 – 9.00 PM

London, England - 28 September 2010 – The Louise Blouin Foundation (UK) and the Institutions of Chinart (CHINA) are pleased to present PURE VIEWS: NEW PAINTING FROM CHINA, a collaborative exhibition that will feature more than eighty works of art by twenty-six of the most renowned contemporary and emerging Chinese painters from 15th October – 4th December 2010 at the Louise Blouin Foundation in London. The exhibition will be marked with an opening reception on 14 October 2010.

PURE VIEWS takes its name from a work of art by Song Dynasty (960-1297) painter Xia Gui (1195-1224). Practices and techniques from this diverse group of living Chinese painters are exposed as the artists reflect and respond to their shared artistic heritage in the context of an ever-changing global environment.  Curated by Lü Peng, the exhibition will feature some of the most renowned names in contemporary Chinese art, including Chen Danqing, Zhang Xiaogang, Yue Minjun, Wang Guangyi, Fang Lijun, Shang Yang, Mao Xuhui and Zhou Chunya.

Lü Peng, Professor at the China Art Academy in Hangzhou and Chairman of the Institutions of Chinart, explains the concept that underpins the exhibition. PURE VIEWS is a group presentation of contemporary paintings that employs Westernmaterials to reflect upon and reinterpret traditional Chinese civilisation and temperament. The age span of participating painters is quite large. In their observation and understanding of traditional painting, these artists, born of different generations between the 1950s and the 1980s, differ in perception, judgment, and attitude. However, as soon as a Chinese artist focuses his attention and receptivity on his own cultural tradition, once he discovers its wonders he begins to create new genre of contemporary art.”

Louise Blouin, Founder and Chairman of the Louise Blouin Foundation, explains the vital importance of presenting and promoting the arts of different regions and cultures through imported exhibitions such as PURE VIEWS“If we lose our individual cultural dialects, traditions and symbols, we risk a homogeneity that lacks dynamism of spirit and deed. We can choose to either turn away from our rich cultural eclecticism, or embrace it. The ethos of the Foundation is to celebrate, understand and uphold the many cultural vernaculars that make up our world.”

PURE VIEWS has been organised to open in tandem with the Frieze Art Fair and will serve as an important complement to the offerings throughout London. The exhibition will continue to be on display during Asian Art in London 2010 (4th – 13th November), when the Louise Blouin Foundation will host a panel discussion on the topic of collecting Asian contemporary art. An additional series of lectures, workshops and concerts will occur throughout the exhibition period, on Thursday evenings, as part of the ongoing Louise Blouin Foundation programme Culture Beyond Borders.  For a complete list of upcoming events, please visit our website at: www.ltbfoundation.org

This major survey exhibition continues the Louise Blouin Foundation’s commitment to promoting cultural dialogue and global exchange through the examination of art.  All of the artworks from this exhibition will be offered for public sale, and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the Louise Blouin Foundation to benefit its philanthropic programmes. Past exhibitions at the Louise Blouin Foundation include Kandinsky Prize (2009), Louise Nevelson: Dawns and Ducks (2009), Wang Guangyi: Cold War Aesthetics (2009) and James Turrell: A Life I Light (2006).

For further information, a complete press pack or a list of artworks, please contact:
Eunice Kim
Director of Public Relations
Louise Blouin Foundation
+001 646 753 9061
+001 240 401 5649




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