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Higgaion.Selah.

Long Chin-San Qionger Jiang Stanley Fung Xi Pan Lu Ma Ding Wu Guillaume Hebert

Jan 11, 2020 ~ Feb 22

‘Selah’ is Hebrew and appears 70 times in the recitation of the Psalm. It carries the meaning of segmentation, transposition, acoustic intensity, interlude, and extension; as intended for the theme of the exhibition. ‘Higgaion’ also conveys the idea of meditation and silence. It appears in the performance of Psalms, which represents ‘rest’. It takes a few breaks to sing to the ‘Higgaion' and in the mean time, the audience is silent and breathless; which is the deeper intention of this exhibition. In some of the works that emphasized the reproduction of past exhibitions, the intention was to reflect, pause for a moment, and slow down for the future. Henri Nouwen, the greatest priest of the 20th century, said, “Somewhere we know that without silence words lost their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.” So are people, art and exhibition.

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Yuan Su (the Elements) – Selected photographs of Long Chin-San

Long Chin-San

Sep 7, 2019 ~ Nov 30

M Art Center is proud to present the Long Chin-San Photography Exhibition we have been preparing for many years on September 7, 2019: Yuan Su (Elements). The exhibition includes dozens of works provided by Ms. Long Yuwen, the daughter of Long Chin-San. The time frame of these works spans from 1919 to 1980, and the works include original silver photography, platinum prints and limited reproductions. This is the first time ever for an art gallery of mainland China to exhibit a collection of works provided directly by the family of Long Chin-San, apart from several museum exhibitions. The curator Liu Tian took the meaning of "Yuan Heng Li Zhen" from traditional Chinese classic Book of Changesand. "Hui Shi Hou Su" from Analects of Confucius and named the exhibition Yuan Su (Elements). Through the analysis and display of Long Chin-San's creation and visual image, the exhibition will present a brand new interpretation of the elements construction in Long Chin-San's classic "Composite Picture". And it is implicitly contrasted with the Euclid’s Elements and the "element" worldview contained in modern chemistry, in response to the long-lasting ideology of "Chinese in essence, Western in practice" behind the work of Long Chin-San which is still active today. Yuan Su (Elements) – Selected photographs of Long Chin-San "Yuan Heng Li Zhen", a term in the Book of Changes, represents four stages of life from birth to maturity; "Hui Shi Hou Su", a saying from Analects of...

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OFF THE SHORE Ⅲ

Fang Daqi Lin Siqi Qiu Yiwen Xie Wendi Xiang Zhenhua Yin Hang Zhao Qian Zhang Wenxin

Jul 20, 2019 ~ Aug 31

The 8 young artists who participated in this exhibition all have their own unique experiences of studying abroad, from a geographical perspective we can see they all share a collective “Off-Shoreness”. But perhaps what art provides us with is not the obsession or promise of some other shore, instead, it’s the continuous venturing offshore in the artist’s processes of reflection and creation. In doing so, they explore and depict a myriad of possible and impossible “Shores”: Regarding those bewildering, painful connotations of what it means to be a human, in the boundless of abyss of ambiguity, on the threshold of truth attainable via sensibility and rationality. “It takes 10 hours and 50 minutes to fly from San Francisco to Shanghai, the whole journey stretches across a 9872-mile distance. The time difference between Shanghai and San Francisco is 15 hours.” Zhao Qian began working on the conceptual framework of the piece “A Field Guide”by dealing with the intersection where these organic bodies and abstract numbers meet. The displacement of time, space, and culture ushers in a montage of the senses causing the sequence, linguistic logic, and narrative style of that once stable image to become loose, flexible, and blurry. Like The Instruction Manual written by Julio Cortazar, in this manual, the artist does not provide any familiar paths or language, instead, through children's graffiti, models of hopscotch games, and amalgamated imagery your eyes guide you into desolate and dismal domains. A...

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Impermanence

Guillaume Hebert

May 14, 2019 ~ Jul 10

Looking at the unearthly poetic and spiritual touch of Guillaume Hebert’s work in such collections as Sea Etude, Suite for Shadows on the Sea, Rocks from Other Hills, and Apocalypse, and weighing and considering about the philosophical thinking and the production course behind his creations, I cannot help but think of the pioneer in German romantics-the poet Friedrich Hölderlin. It has long been noted by Hölderlin that, with the constant expansion of capitalization and industrial civilization, the human spirit has been lost, and that mechanical technology and utilitarian pragmatism have taken the human race away from the original cradle of the soul to the realms of coldness and strangeness. In the reflection of how French Revolution eventually descended to blood and fire, the poet realized that the rationality upheld in the Enlightenment was not the highest principle, and that what transcended knowledge and rationality should still be a true understanding of the origin of life and life itself, the fulfillment of life in its struggle, the unity of subject and object, and the synchronization of the son of God and the son of Man. And as far as Hölderlin is concerned, only the experience of beauty and the divine belief in love can lead us to this unity: As long as friendliness and purity dwell in our hearts, We may measure ourselves not unfavorably with the divine. Is God unknown? Is he manifest as the sky? This I tend to...

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A l’école buissonnière

Seth

Mar 9, 2019 ~ May 4

As a child, China haunted me. It was a mysterious country, a part of the world that I had discovered through watching the adventures of Tintin and how fascinated my mother was with Chinese culture. It was the first trip my parents made in the 1980s. I would spend hours looking at the photos they had taken, the flyers that had brought back and the colourful tickets that gave access to the museums and temples they visited. Throughout my childhood, I dreamt to escape to China, up until I went there for the first time 1999. I would return many times thereafter, for personal and artistic projects because China and especially Shanghai became more than just an exotic destination, it became one of my main sources of inspiration. The works presented at M Art Center are the result of days spent surveying and painting in the streets of one of the last working-class neighborhoods in central Shanghai. It is a testimony of my love for this traditional culture that has gradually submerged under the glass, concrete towers and the new temples of consumerism. My way of repopulating these old alleyways of laughter and imagination that the children of Shanghai used as playgrounds. This exhibition represents my dream of China, intimately linked to childhood and a universal need to escape in a world that is increasingly incomprehensible. -Seth

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Anscheinend schön

Heng Li

Nov 24, 2018 ~ Dec 22

Unconsciously, my paintings have circled around the same topic for ten years. Giorgio Morandi, whose artistic life is covered by duplicate themes, fascinates me. Repetition is a powerful tool in itself as it refers to a very slow process that one has to experience, during which time, structure, reflection and emotion are all represented. The question which I have been asked most frequently over the course of the past ten years is: Why do I keep painting grass? Mark Rothko illustrates what is desperation by merely several layers in bright colors. He tells us a tragedy without any narrative element on his canvas. Similarly, my first painting of grass was created during the most painful period in my life. By contrast to Rothko, I prefer to use dark colors for the whole piece and flourish it with precise and complicated strokes, which gives the picture the beauty of vitality but also twists and loneliness. I draw more than just grass. The repeated specific topic of grass finally traces to the view of my inside world. One day, I came to understand the common destiny of all creatures on earth, including myself, through my sadness. Those helpless and inevitable pains in life become so sublime, beautiful and poignant that they cannot be summarized using words. When I look back on the rearranged pictures, I see that there were determination and energy which transcend the twists and the loneliness. That is light...

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BONE OF BONES

Stanley Fung

Sep 15, 2018 ~ Nov 17

“The LORD God built the rib, which He had taken from the man, into a woman. Then He brought her to the man. Then the man said, ‘this one, is bone of my bones...’” - Genesis I believe that the beauty of bones is not just a fascination to me, but one that has amazed lots of people once in a time. Around my four or five, I cleaned and dried several pork ribs after a meal, to make them toy blocks as the toy walnuts in those adults’ hands. In my fourth grade in the primary school, a human skull was unexpectedly unearthed when I, with my companions, were digging a hole to roast sweet potatoes. My friends got shocked, but just after a second, they started to play with the bones like footballs. I tried to stop them because I wanted to keep these bones for my own. Finally, they still decided to hand it over to the school, which much disappointed me. I grew up with collections of the bones of different animals such as birds, mice, chickens, dogs, cows, sheep, pigs, deer, horses and shells. And I even found the fossil scraps of the bones and teeth of a giant lizard and hadrosaur during my trip in Erlianhot, Inner Mongolia. In my eyes, the bone is one of the most beautiful things in the material world. Bones are the main substantial components constituting vertebrates which help...

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THE INVISIBLE LAWS

Dawei Dong Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang Jie Ren

Jul 21, 2018 ~ Sep 8

Although the wind is too free to be grasped, we are still questioning where it’s coming and where it’s heading. Once we believe that the universe is created upon some profound laws, the closer we approach them, the more we can interpret about the diverse world. M Art Center is honored to announce The Invisible Laws, a group exhibition presented by Dawei Dong, Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang and Jie Ren. The involved artists reflect on different topics through a similar path that is to follow and represent the laws of creation, during which something new is born and brings about extra inspirations and a welcome relief to the artists. THE INVISIBLE LAWS Critical Review: Can Cui The wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. Psalm 103:15-16 Wind can be felt on flags, willows and hands stuck out the window, however, can never be caught. We persist on seeking the direction of the wind as studying the law of the world which is concealed occasionally while revealed in other cases. Those with more sensitive perception and more serious obsession probably have an even greater chance to approach the truth. The art pieces in this exhibition reflect on different perspectives of the theme and it is intriguing that the three involved artists (group) are coincidentally chasing after the wind through some rules, phenomena and characteristics in their individual manners. Certaines âmes vont à...

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Rifts in Silence

Ding Wu Lian Zhang Zhao Qian

May 26, 2018 ~ Jun 25

M Art Center is honored to announce Rifts in Silence, the group exhibition of WU Ding, ZHANG Lian and ZHAO Qian, presenting various forms of art pieces including installations, videos and paintings, etc. The exhibition will be opened on May 26th, 2018 and remain on view through June 25th. The three artists encounter in this exhibition and together respond to the subject of time from their individual backgrounds and contexts, giving an insight into the overlooked rifts in the silent system of time. INTRO The reason why the past can extend to the present is because of the future of certain objects. WU Ding Neither can we control twisted time nor the direction and speed of flow. ZHANG Lian I came back to the same place time after time to encounter what I saw before. ZHAO Qian ——WU Ding In WU Ding’s video work, The Reason Why the Past can Extend to the Present is Because of the Future of Certain Objects, an illuminated object lied on the beach is being flooded by tides. In people’s traditional notion, time is regarded as a linear and evenly forward flow which is constructed by the past, the present and the future. Differently in WU Ding’s theory, the future and the past juxtapose with the present so that the past never passes and the future always comes around. The artist has made diverse experiments on this theory in his works. God Never Roll...

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ROCKS FROM OTHER HILLS

Guillaume Hebert

Mar 10, 2018 ~ Apr 21

M Art Center is honored to present Rocks from Other Hills, the solo exhibition of French artist Guillaume Hebert. The exhibition will be opened on March 10, 2018 and remain on view through April 21, 2018. Rocks from Other Hills marks M Art Center’s first collaboration with Guillaume Hebert and also the artist’s first show in China. Guillaume Hebert was born in Normandy, France and graduated from Ecole Supérieure d'Arts & Médias of Caen. He has been based both in Taipei and Paris since 2012. Rocks from Other Hills —— Poetic rumination of the nature and humanity by French photographer Guillaume Hebert Article:Stanley Fung Guillaume Hebert always creates images precisely, delicately and thoughtfully. And his every series comes out with high quality and perfection. Through the camera scope, Hebert sometimes focuses on the city corner to reveal the imbalance of rapid modernization and backward situation in Asia, and at some other time, the intriguing scene of guests dosing in Taipei Starbucks and Shanghai IKEA also attracts his attention. After that, Hebert tries to compose still life and portrait images with his collection of plastic and nonwoven bags. And not the last, he gazes at the Pacific and Huangpu River where the peaceful breeze interchanges with violent waves, and describes the impressive outline of the magnificent rocks standing by the seashore of Ludao and Lanyu… This abundant creation not only conveys Hebert’s feelings about today’s culture of industrialization and urbanization, burdenless...

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