Chengdu pre­pares to host mod­ern art fair next year

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By DENG ZHANGYU dengzhangyu@chi­nadaily.com.cn

But there are few av­enues for young art l overs who want to learn more about con­tem­po­rary Sichuan prov­ince’s cap­i­tal, art. Chengdu, will hold its first in­terThat’s why he and his part­ner, na­tional con­tem­po­rary art fair, Huang Zai, de­cided to stage an art Art Chengdu, in April. fair to of­fer a plat­form to show

It’s or­ga­nized by a group of Chicon­tem­po­rary works from around nese in their 30s. the world.

The fair from April 28 to May 2 Huang Zai ex­plains that they will be the first of its kind in southHuang Yu is re­garded by me­dia fi­nance and prop­erty sec­tors durhope that works will be af­ford­able west­ern China, where a large as a typ­i­cal young Chi­nese col­lec­ing his show last year. for peo­ple who are just de­vel­op­ing num­ber of col­lec­tors and artists tor born in the 1980s. “They buy a lot of con­tem­po­rary in­ter­est in con­tem­po­rary art. She live. The 36-year-old was awarded art and al­ways fly to Hong Kong says they also hope to see big

About 30 gal­leries will be in­vitCol­lec­tor of the Year 2016 by Chi­for pur­chases,” he says, adding names on show. ed to at­tend, in­clud­ing 10 from nese art mag­a­zine HiArt, along that the num­ber of young col­lec“The lo­cals spend about 15 bilout­side China. with Liu Yiqian, who of­fered a tors in China is in­creas­ing. lion yuan on eat­ing hot­pot every

“The size of Art Chengdu will be record price of $170 mil­lion for Many are from Chengdu, a city year. I think they can buy art,” says small (at first), but we hope it will Ital­ian artist Amedeo Modigliani’s that is also home to many ac­comShi Zheng, art di­rec­tor of the art at­tract young col­lec­tors and art fair.oil­paintin­gin2015.plished­con­tem­po­rar­yartists. lovers,” says Huang Zai, “My friends and I hope we have Huang Yu’s own col­lec­tion has Her con­fi­dence in lo­cal conco-founder of the fair. the chance to buy good art in our many works by artists from the sump­tion comes largely f rom

A Chengdu na­tive, Huang says home­town,” says Huang Yu, who prov­ince. their pas­sion for lux­ury goods and Chengdu had lit­tle reg­u­lar art flies to art fairs across the world He says that dur­ing the art fair, fancy cars. ac­tiv­ity, although pri­vate museev­ery year for his col­lec­tion, which they will co­op­er­ate with wellForbes ranked Chengdu third ums and gal­leries have mush­mainly fea­tures videos and con­known artists from Sichuan to on its 2012 China l ux­ury-con­roomed in re­cent years. cep­tual art. make large-scale works to be sump­tion list, af­ter Beijing and

Her part­ner, Huang Yu, came up Many of his friends, in­clud­ing placed in pub­lic spa­ces to “in­terShang­hai. Chengdu res­i­dents with the idea of hold­ing an art fair some who’re in their 20s, are co­lact” with lo­cals. bought 40,000 l ux­ury cars i n in Chengdu in June, af­ter he held a lec­tors of con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese They will also have a spe­cial sec2014. show dis­play­ing his col­lec­tion of art. tion of the fair to dis­play lo­cal artShi says the fair of­fers out­siders con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese art, fea­turHuang Yu held a f orum of ists’ works. an in­cen­tive to visit the city, which ing works by 66 artists, at a lo­cal young Chi­nese col­lec­tors that He says the city is rich in cul­ture has many tourists spots like the mu­seum. at­tracted many peo­ple from the and his­tory. panda park.

The size of Art Chengdu will be small (at first), but we hope it will at­tract young col­lec­tors and art lovers.”

co-founder, Art Chengdu art col­lec­tor and co-founder of Art Chengdu.

Huang Zai,

She dis­played the work in Venice in June. Each bag is shaped like a per­son. The dress’ tail is about 40 me­ters long.

She says the gown feels both frag­ile and weight­less once it’s in­flated, in­di­cat­ing a bal­ance be­tween hu­mans and na­ture.

“A per­son comes into this world and leaves as lightly as a drop of wa­ter fall­ing from the uni­verse,” she says.

The theme of love high­lights Kong’s oil paint­ings. She ex­presses fear and doubt, too.

A large-eyed girl, who looks like her, ap­pears in many of her works, which boast a vivid palette and sur­real scenes. Her eyes open wide to show in­no­cence. Her out­stretched arms seem ready to ex­plore the world. But her twisted body sug­gests hes­i­ta­tion caused by the fear of get­ting hurt.

Kong was a crim­i­nal lawyer decades be­fore she turned to paint­ing in 2000.

Her ex­pe­ri­ence has left many emo­tional scars, she says.

In 2000, the death of her mother added to her de­pres­sion. She quit law and iso­lated her­self from the out­side world, she says, un­til one day, she bought paint­ing sup­plies and tried to paint some­thing to kill the time.

She says she felt her sad­ness and anx­i­eties ease as she painted. She also started to feel stronger and joy­ful.

Since then, she has been paint­ing fever­ishly as a sal­va­tion from feel­ing help­less. She also cre­ates in­stal­la­tions, po­ems and per­for­mance art.

Huang Yu,

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