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Zhuo Qi. Strangely beautiful

45 min visit

Galerie Paris-Beijing
23 Jan → 6 Mar 2021
From Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

« An astonishing encounter between arts that brings ancient Chinese sculptures back to life!  »

The new series of the sculptor Zhuo Qi was born from the discovery of blown glass during a residency in Cognac, where he was able to benefit from an unprecedented access to the workshop of a glassblower. Much more than a discovery, it is a revelation for the Chinese artist who combines Western technique with the ancient Chinese sculptures he has accumulated over time. A surprising culture shock that is quite often found in the work of Zhuo Qi! Originally from Fuxin, he is captivated by the technique of traditional ceramics which he masters marvelously: he shapes his works with porcelain shards collected not far from his home in Jingdezhen, China. Thus, porcelain is not only the raw material of his work but also the main subject of his work. For his first exhibition at the Paris-Beijing gallery, Zhuo Qi innovates: he presents reproductions of ancient Chinese sculptures collected over time. Following the example of the Japanese technique of kintsugi (which consists of repairing ceramics and porcelain with gold powder), Zhuo Qi uses blown glass to fill in the missing parts of chinaware sculptures. The fragment that disappeared with time is reborn from its ashes in a contemporary version! The heads of millenary Buddha find their bodies in the form of light and colored bubbles. As surprising as it may seem, the rendering is magnificent!


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