Shanghart’s first exhibition when the gallery was founded in 1996, was with Shanghai based artist Ding Yi. In the 10 years since then, Ding Yi has become one of the best known abstract Chinese artists with many exhibitions in China and all over the world to his credit. Ding Yi’s work itself, still based on the same symbol of the “+” or cross he uses since 1989, developed strongly. A simple cross of two lines, its infinite complexity and extensiveness is able to capture your sight in ever new ways and intensities. Seemingly distanced to the everyday life, Ding Yi’s work still reflects, reacts, excludes or absorbs the enormous changes of his busy Shanghai surroundings.
Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, invited Ding Yi to hold a retrospective exhibition of his works end of last year. It was one of the rare solo exhibitions of a mainland Chinese artist in a major international museum. The exhibition was a big success and got good critical acclaim.
Shanghart is proud to be able to present many of the works from the Ikon gallery exhibition and so be able to fully present Ding Yi’s ’way of art’, his experience and development through more than a decade.