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Solo Exhibition Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
Date: 09.14, 2019 - 11.16, 2019

Artists: DING Yi 丁乙

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle is pleased to present new works by the well-known Chinese painter Ding Yi in the context of Various Others and in cooperation with ShanghART. Ding Yi was one of the first abstract painters in China to turn his back on traditional painting in the early 1980s and to find his own non-representational form of expression. Taking as his point of departure the technical markings used during print production processes, Ding Yi began to explore the concept of the cross; these simple and functional markings initially had nothing to do with artistic creation as such, but instead acted as part of a technical procedure. From 1988 onwards, he focussed entirely on crosses, first with works of ink on paper, then with paintings on canvas and other materials. For Ding Yi the cross constitutes the highest level of precision, while at the same time seeming to negate the possibility of individual expression. The traditional symbols “+” and “x” are at the heart of his paintings, whose multiple superimposed pictorial levels gain depth only through the arrangement and superimposition of these shapes. Many of his works carry the title “Appearance of Crosses”. Ding Yi: “I found it necessary to distance myself both from the burden of traditional Chinese culture and from the influence of early Western modernism, in order to go back to the starting point of art, in order to literally start from zero.”

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