This side up: FRAGILE

Mucciaccia Contemporary is pleased to present This side up: FRAGILE, the solo exhibition dedicated to the artist Shen Shaomin (1956, Heilongjiang province, China).

On the occasion will be exhibited 22 works, recently produced, taken from the series Handle with Care, in which the artist reproduces the masterpieces of modern and contemporary art history covering them with a painted packaging of bubble wrap and scotch.

The exhibition, curated by Giulia Abate, will be inaugurated Wednesday 17th October 2018 from 6.30pm. The show will be accompanied by a trilingual catalogue edited by Carlo Cambi Editore with an unpublished interview of the curator to the artist.

The idea behind the origin of the Handle with Care series, comes from a visit by Shen Shaomin to a warehouse museum. At the sight of carefully packaged art masterpieces, the artist perceived the sense of authority and their power of cultural representation. Hence, the feeling of venerability towards these works, considered like the “classics” masterpiece of Western art history.

Among the works on display, one notices a particular reference to the great artist and major exponent of American Pop Art, Andy Warhol, who used to create his works following an industrial process. “Andy Warhol  – says Shaomin – is one of my favorite artists whose works are constant replication. I replicate his works in his way of replicating works. That’s a consumption of his consumerism.”

 


Shen Shaomin is well known especially for the series of sculptures that represent in a hyper-realistic way human and animal nature, this works of art wanted to reflect on the theme of the artificiality and the relationship between the real and the imaginary.

On the occasion of the exhibition, Mucciaccia Contemporary’s space, will be set-up with various works from the series dedicated to the reproduction of great masterpieces of modern and contemporary art. The works have the appearance, as if they were wrapped in protective plastic packaging with scotch. The set-up of the gallery’s spaces with Shaomin’s works will simulate an exhibition during the dismantling phase with packaged paintings ready to be shipped to another destination.

There are several exhibitions who Shen Shaomin has participated and his numerous works of art become part of important public and private collections. Among his recent personal exhibitions there are: Keep Upright (2017), held at Klein Sun Gallery, New York, Handle with Care (2015) in the same gallery, There is no problem held at Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou (Cina). Among the group exhibitions there are: Capital@Art.International (2018), Ost-Stern, a Francoforte e Almost There (2017), Jorge B. Vargas Museum, UP Diliman, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. Shen Shaomin has also participated in numerous art fairs, among the most recent: Art Basel, Hong Kong: Encounters (2017), Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea (2017 and 2015), Xinjiang Biennale, Urumqi, China (2014).

INFO
Opening 17th October h. 6.30 pm
Shen Shaomin. This side up: FRAGILE, Curated by Giulia Abate
Mucciaccia Contemporary, piazza Borghese 1/A,
00186, Roma | T. +39 06 68309404
info@mucciacciacontemporary.com | mucciacciacontemporary.com
Free entry

Shen Shaomin, Handle with Care MoMA No.4, Oil on canvas 116×81.4cm 2017 (Lèger)
Shen Shaomin, Handle With Care Soup Can No.1, Oil on canvas 50.8×40.6cm 2015

 

La galleria Mucciaccia Contemporary è lieta di annunciare in anteprima la mostra dedicata all’artista Shen Shaomin (1956, Heilongjiang Province, China) che si terrà nei mesi di ottobre-novembre 2018.

L’artista cinese è noto al pubblico soprattutto per la serie di sculture che rappresentano in maniera iperrealistica la natura umana e animale e che riflettono sul tema dell’artificialità e il rapporto tra il reale e l’immaginario.

In occasione della mostra allestita negli spazi della galleria Mucciaccia Contemporary, saranno esposte diverse opere tratte dalla serie dedicata alla riproduzione di grandi capolavori dell’arte moderna e contemporanea, ma sulle cui superfici pittoriche sono dipinte velature di pluriball e scotch. L’accurato allestimento degli spazi della galleria con le opere di Shaomin simuleranno una mostra in fase di smontaggio con opere pittoriche impacchettate e pronte per essere spedite verso un’altra destinazione.

La mostra  verrà accompagnata da un catalogo con dei testi critici che forniranno alcuni spunti di riflessione su importanti tematiche dell’arte contemporanea come la sua mimesi, mercificazione, fruizione e museificazione.  

Sono diverse le mostre a cui Shen Shaomin ha partecipato e numerose le opere che sono entrate a far parte di importanti collezioni pubbliche e private.  Tra le sue recenti mostre personali sono da ricordare: Keep Upright (2017), presso la Klein Sun Gallery, di New York, Handle with Care (2015) presso la stessa galleria e There is no problem presso Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou (Cina). Tra le collettive si ricordano: Capital@Art.International (2018), Ost-Stern, a Francoforte e Almost There (2017), Jorge B. Vargas Museum, UP Diliman, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, nelle Filippine. Shen Shaomin ha preso parte anche numerose fiere d’arte, tra le più recenti: Art Basel, Hong Kong: Encounters (2017), Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea nel 2017 e  nel 2015 e Xinjiang Biennale, Urumqi, Cina (2014).

INFO
Opening 17th October h. 6.30 pm
Shen Shaomin. This side up: FRAGILE, Curated by Giulia Abate
Mucciaccia Contemporary, piazza Borghese 1/A,
00186, Roma | T. +39 06 68309404
info@mucciacciacontemporary.com | mucciacciacontemporary.com
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