FIG Bilbao 2020
Fundación´ace para el Arte Contemporáneo is pleased to introduce Zhang MinJie, invited artist to ´ace representation at FIGBilbao 2020 , International Printmaking and Art on Paper Festival in the beautiful city of Bilbao, Spain from November 26th to December 14, 2020.
Overlooking Zhang Min Jie 30 years of vast production one can see that his prints are composed by many visual references, both from East and West. On the one hand, they are strongly implanted in the Chinese art and history. One can easily relate the general atmosphere of his compositions with “Along the River During Qing Ming Festival”, Zhang Zeduan’s famous painting, while its characters appropriate attitudes and behaviors from the imagery of “art during the great proletarian Cultural Revolution”. On the other hand, the figurative and descriptive scenes remind us the Western tradition with Brueghel at the forefront and a Hieronymus Bosch’s shadow in the background. In addition, one can describe many other visual associations in his works: the angels’ high reliefs made by aborigines in the Baroque colonial churches in Mexico, the grandiloquent Italian operas or the sculpted porticos in gothic cathedrals are some of them.
Zhang Min Jie’s prints are like a magic potion made with several components that, once mixed, explode in something distinctively contemporary at the same time rooted in tradition. Painter and printmaker, he is also a craftsman who has exquisite technical and drawings talents. His large and panoramic compositions suggest a vision of the world informed by their technical/cultural heritage, personal experiences as well as the historical circumstances of his country. In this way, and by re-working traditional Western and Eastern aesthetics, he deals with the constantly shifting present of Chinese society, politics, and economy, while maintaining a connection to the country’s deep cultural background.
[Extract from “Dance with Destiny”, Alicia Candiani´s essay for Zhan MinJie´s solo show catalogue at the Bydgoszcz Museum, Poland, 2016]
ABOUT ‘THE STAGE’ SERIES
The Stage Series is composed of more than ten pieces to show that from the origin of human beings to modern civilization, which interprets the disharmony or humorous stories in the fields of politics, economy and culture over and over again. Through the organic combination of world’s sculpture works and design scene, it shows a sense of philosophical thinking.
1959| Hebei Tangshan, China
Lives and works in Zhejiang Hangzhou, China
1990 | BA, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
2019 |Yerevan City Art Museum, Yerevan, Armenia
2017 | Krakow Manggha Museum, Krakow, Poland
2016 | Bydgoszcz Museum, Poland
2009 | Museum of Colgate University, Hamilton, U.S.A
1999 |Asahi Shimbun ABC Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2017 | Grand Award, 3rd Serbia International Print Triennial. Belgrade, Serbia
2015 | Grand Gallery Award, 18th Krakow International Print Triennial Exhibition. National Museum in Krakow, Poland
2014 | Special Award, 8th Kochi International Triennial of Prints. Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan
1992 | Gold Award, 11th National Print Exhibition. National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
1991 | Special Award, 1st Sapporo International Print Biennale Exhibition, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art. Sapporo, Japan
International Projects, Fairs
FIG Bilbao 2020
Artists in dialogue
After the landing of ´ace at FIG Bilbao2019, with Argentina as the guest country and the will of both organizations to expand their international networks, we have signed a collaboration agreement between both institutions: FIG BILBAO and Fundación´ace. Alicia Candiani, director of ´ace, becomes part of the Management Committee of Open Latin America with the aim of giving mobility to artists and their works on an international level. Also, this year we have once again been invited to participate in the fair, for which a prestigious group of international professional artists has been selected.
The International Fair of Printmaking and Art on Paper (FIG Bilbao) has positioned itself as one of the most important in Europe. This year, FIG Bilbao celebrates its 9th edition and, although it cannot aspire to attract more than 11,000 visitors in four days as happened last year, it has not hesitated to reinvent itself in an online format and, furthermore, it does not neglect face-to-face proposals insofar as their possibilities. Today the digital platform www.figonlinefair.com will premiere, offering 50 galleries and more than 500 artists that will be active throughout the month of December.
The works cover a wide range of prices and visitors will be able to enjoy the free and personalized advice of expert Elisa Hernando, who is in charge of the Approach online service. Among the creators present in this edition, it will also be possible to pledge on emerging talents such as Juan Escudero and Kepa Garraza, or already established such as Joan Miró and Eduardo Chillida.
Three containers have been installed next to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Inside, all the works from the fair catalog will be projected on led screens that will change their content every 15 minutes. Until December 14 (from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) they will be available to passersby. These are spaces that fulfill the function of the stands of FIG Bilbao, adapted to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, and are complemented by the QR codes of each gallery that will allow access to the digital platform.
Alicja Habsiak-Matczak (Poland)
Guy Langevin (Canada)
Bárbara Madsen (USA)
Cecilia Mandrile (Argentina, lives in New York)
Kestutis Vasilinius (Lithuania)
Zhang MinJie (China)
Alicia Candiani (Argentina)