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LIANG SHAOJI 梁绍基
b. 1945, works and lives in Tiantai, Zhejiang Province

LIANG SHAOJI 梁绍基
2003
Raw white silk, silk cocoons, polyurethane resin, iron powder
dimensions variable 5(H)*10(W)*5m 18 pieces  | 2 rings 75*27*27cm | 3 rings 108*27*27cm (x 6 pieces) | 4 rings 148*27*27cm (x 6 pieces) | 5 rings 185*27*27cm (x 4 pieces) | 7 rings 259*27*27cm
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Chains: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Nature Series No.79) was shown in LIANG Shaoji's solo exhibition Cloud in 2007. In this piece, silkworms produced threads to wrap the huge and heavy chains hanging from ceilings, which rendered a picture where cocoons were suspended in the air. Somehow inspired by Milan Kundera, LIANG delivered with a feathery and warm appearance the subject of a grave and serious nature.

The artist began his art experiments since 1988 by breeding silkworm, observing its reproduction and movement as well as presuming the expression of life in existence. Either silkworms themselves or the fibre they produced around various objects were thus arranged in exhibition where these uncontrollable activities might generate unexpected visual outcomes. Another clue in art creation by LIANG was established from silkworm to Zen with the two Chinese words sharing similar pronunciation with each other.

Detail pictures:

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), LA; Smart Museum of Art & Wrightwood 659, Chicago, (touring exhibition) U.S.A., 2019-2020
Everyday Legend, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016
Myth / History II: Shanghai Galaxy, YUZ Museum, Shanghai, 2015
Alchemical Dissent: Silkworms, Mushrooms and Random Brush Strokes, Times Art Museum, Beijing, 2016
Art of Change, Hayward Gallery, London, U.K., 2012
Questioning Heaven, Liang Shaoji Solo Exhibition, Gao Magee Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain, 2012
Liang Shaoji, Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2009
Cloud, LIANG Shaoji Solo Exhibition, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai, 2017

Related Exhibitions:
Art Basel 2021 - Liang Shaoji Art Fairs OVR 09.21, 2021 -09.26, 2021
The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), LA; Smart Museum of Art & Wrightwood 659, Chicago, (touring exhibition) U.S.A. 06.02, 2019 -03.13, 2020
Everyday Legend Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai 11.08, 2016 -12.07, 2016
Alchemical Dissent: Silkworms, Mushrooms and Random Brush Strokes Times Art Museum, Beijing 09.25, 2016 -10.15, 2016
Myth / History II: Shanghai Galaxy YUZ Museum, Shanghai 03.17, 2015 -07.12, 2015
In & Out Réel ShanghART Réel Department Store, Shanghai 05.30, 2014 -06.30, 2014
Art of Change Hayward Gallery, London, U.K. 09.05, 2012 -12.09, 2012
Questioning Heaven Gao Magee Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain 02.14, 2012 -04.08, 2012
Liang Shaoji Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 12.12, 2009 -03.07, 2010
Yi Pai: Century Thinking Today Art Museum, Beijing 05.31, 2009 -06.22, 2009
Liang Shaoji Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France 05.30, 2009 -08.29, 2009
Cloud ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 09.04, 2007 -10.15, 2007


Collections
Zendai Museum of Modern Art



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