8 Jul → 21 Sep 2020
From Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Tuesday.
Painter, sculptor, storyteller, lover of life, poet of humor : Ru Xiao Fan, a graduate of the Fine Arts of Nanking and the Fine Arts of Paris, now has carte blanche at the Guimet Museum. To respond to this opening of the collections to the contemporary, he has chosen to create a pantheon of 72 divinities in Jingdezhen porcelain. A true echo to the Chinese porcelain collections on the second floor, these meditative figures exalt the thousand-year-old gesture of porcelain artists. The artist mixes unglazed biscuit and celadon or bluish white glaze, retracing by his hands and sculptures an ancient and traditional practice. Delicate, facetious, these divinities nevertheless echo the artist's work. One finds there the double artistic and cultural education of Xiao Fan who creates in his works bridges between tradition and contemporanéité́, East and West. The appellation "man before nature", by which he defines himself, also becomes evident. His divinities are adorned with still-life elements or hybrid flowers, as often found in Xiao Fan's works, leaving us to his interpretation of a more completely human nature.