Stars, Fire and Water
Born in 1952, artist Huang Rui is one of the pioneers of Chinese contemporary art that emerged in the 1980s. Founding member of Les Etoiles, the famous Chinese avant-garde artistic group, he is today the 'one of the most famous Chinese artists. The work of this master has been widely exhibited in China and abroad, and is present in many museums and private collections around the world. From 1979, Huang Rui was one of the first Chinese painters to explore the paths of abstraction. At first, his work integrates Western avant-garde influences such as expressionism, abstract expressionism, fauvism and cubism. Today, whether through its rich production of installations or with its oil paintings of
For this ambitious exhibition, Huang Rui designed two exceptional museum-type installations, inviting visitors to a journey through the stars, fire and water. "Stars" is an installation made up of large textile works suspended from the ceiling which refer to the first Hang Rui exhibitions in 1979 and 1980, which are considered today as founding moments in the history of Chinese contemporary art. Short texts written at the time by poets, artists or visitors are now revisited to create a work of art in its own right. An installation that shows the history of art in the making.
"Fire in Water" is a very beautiful installation made of black and white photographs associated with black titanium plates. These photographs were taken by Huang Rui in Japan between 1998 and 2001, and show Japanese women "in the midst of creation". It is a tribute to women and their condition. For each of these women artists, Huang Rui produced a portrait and also captured a moment of artistic creativity. Combining the photographs with metal plates, "Fire in Water" unifies the images of this photographic series into a vast installation alluding to Yin and Yang and to the Book of Transformations.