In 2015 the small and courageous Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki held an exhibition about China’s Changing Landscape – Contemporary Ink. It showed how modern Chinese artists (yes, there is more to China than Ai Weiwei) reinterpret classical Chinese working methods and motifs. While the whole exhibition had a freshness and energy that made some Western artists look tired and repetitive, it was one single work there that took me by storm.
Now, as you meanwhile know I don’t use hyperbole, except when I do, or are prone to superlatives, except when I am. But my bag of English adjectives doesn’t quite contain enough words of praise for this still relatively young artist from Shanghai. I think I spent almost an hour just in front of his work – that is a personal record.(more…)