Huang Min. Journeys Back To Europe
Curated by Alexandra Grimmer
2022.09.04. - 2022.09.11.
On Sunday, September 4, the exhibition "Journeys back to Europe" opens in whiteBOX Munich with large-scale works by the Chinese painter Huang Min. The exhibition is organised by BMCA Art Collection.
Even in the old whiteBOX, before the extension of the Werk3 building, where the new whiteBOX is located today, the organisers endeavoured to show new developments in Far Eastern art. In 2010, the old whiteBOX showed "all about Peking" and in 2012 Michael Wüst, then director of the whiteBOX, and curator Alexandra Grimmer, who had already been living in Beijing for a long time, got to know each other at "all about Shanghai".
Seen in this light, with "Journeys back to Europe" the tradition of a passion for contemporary Chinese artists who have been reflecting the tradition of their mother country is being continued in a very special way.
While Western art in the 20th century elevated the habit of breaking with tradition to an aesthetic constituent,Chinese artists took a slow, inductive path, into the question: what is the world behind its appearance. It is exciting to be taken away by Huang Min's colossal paintings into a cosmopolitan distance from the world, in which the essence of things does not yet seem frozen in programmatic terms and the colossal has not yet degenerated into an expression of veneration.
As a response to the spacious exhibition place in Munich, the focus of this exhibition will lie on 8 large format paintings by Huang Min from the holdings of BMCA Collection, to be shown in combination with important porcelain objects which the artist realised in Jingdezhen.
Huang Min’s oeuvre shows a wide variety of image carriers: from canvas, where she especially loves to use over dimensional formats, over different kinds of paper or wooden boxes. The surface of porcelain also represents a common base, to add her characteristic painted brush strokes in the glazing. Regardless of technique or colours, her painted language is immediately recognisable.