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Wu Zhi , Geng Jianyi Works 1985-2008
Solo Exhibition Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
Date: 09.07, 2012 - 10.12, 2012

Artists: GENG Jianyi 耿建翌

WUZHI: 1985-2008 GENG Jianyi Solo Exhibition

September 7th to October 12th, 2012
Minsheng Art Museum, Building F, No. 570 West Huaihai Road, Shanghai, 200052
10:00-21:00 Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays, free after 18:00)

From September 7 to October 12, Minsheng Art Museum will be hosting GENG Jianyi’s solo exhibition “Wu Zhi”. Featuring more than 100 pieces from 1985 to 2008, the exhibition will be the artist’s first solo review exhibition in China. GENG is one of the contemporary art pioneers in China in the 80s, and he never ceased to explore ways of self-expressing. While his work is presented in a diverse format, there is one consistent theme. GENG’s work quests after answers to largely rhetorical questions on the human condition, and aims to evoke the self-awareness of audiences through details. And thus the value and the impact of his work far go beyond the surface.

The exhibition is consisted of GENG Jianyi’s various works from the past 23 years. The show includes the artist’s paintings of early period, i.e. Two Heads(The Second Situation), Eternal Rays of the Sun, Lace, and etc.; Works on photo paper from the late 1990s to 2000s, i.e. Face, Light Part, Book Leaves, Water Shadow, Watermarks, Certification, and etc.; Archive files, i.e. Who Is He, Existence, Forms and Certificates, and etc.; Books, i.e. From First to last Page, Soak Series, and etc., video works, i.e. Four Interludes, Dimension of Vision, and etc. and installations i.e. Cupboard, Useless, and etc. Catalogue will be published after the opening of the exhibition.

Minsheng Art Museum is founded by China Minsheng Bank on April 2010. Since the beginning, Minsheng Art Museum has focused on promoting contemporary art in China. Key exhibitions including “Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art- Painting (1979-2010)”, Solo exhibition of Zhang Enli, Solo exhibition of Zhang Peili, as well as the upcoming Solo exhibition of GENG Jianyi all serve to trace and display the development of Chinese contemporary art. Minsheng Art Museum has been making continuous effort to support the development of young artists including Qing qi, Liu wei, Sun xun, and etc. Minsheng Art Museum has brought the influential works of western artists, including “Brussels Body Speech” and “Entre-Temps- Video Collection of City Museum of Paris” to Chinese audiences. Minsheng also attaches importance to public education, organizing a mix of lectures and salons year round.

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Works Exhibited :
1989 (2012 recover the work made in 1989)
2004 (2012 recover the work made in 2004)
1994 (2012 recover the work made in 1994)

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