curated by Daniela Morera
21 September - 26 October 2007
hours: Mon – Fri 11-19, closed on Sundays and holidays,
Saturday by appointment only.
hours for the weekend of Start-Milano
21-22-23 Sept, 12-21.
Galleria Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co. is proud to present
the solo show of the Chinese artist Zheng Zaidong, opening on 21
Sept, 18.00 at Via Pontaccio 19, Milan. The artist will attend the
Zheng Zaidong feeds himself on Chinese classical literature. The
titles of his paintings are phrases of poems from the Ming, Wei and
Jin dynasties, phrases he occasionally transfers onto canvas.
He moved to Shanghai from Taiwan, where he was born in 1953.
Traveling in China for about twenty years in search of the culture
that reflects the elegance of the life of the sages scholars he
also came into contact with mountains, rivers, porcelain, tea
rooms, Zen gardens. But in New York, in the 1980s, he saw a film by
Salvador Dalí and was overwhelmed. Surrealism changed him forever.
He did not seek solitude, choosing instead to live in Shanghai, but
he “pursues pleasure while catching spring”. He knows how to “play”
with the pleasures of life and always does so with great
sophistication. His work is deeply removed from any hint of
The seductive character of his paintings lies in the displacement
of time that permeates his work: classical inspiration and a new
sign. He is able to manage with harmony the cultural
cross-pollination that increasingly pervades our lifestyle,
crossing the Western and Eastern hemispheres, is managed and made
harmonious, without ever getting overpowered in his work.
The exhibition includes 14 paintings of different sizes on the
artist’s favorite themes: floating, immobile landscapes, domestic
interiors, enhanced by always different subjects. Men, flowers,
rivers, rocks, birds, sunsets, moons, are subjects charged with
deep meanings that surface in the artist’s mind and urge the viewer
toward inner dialogues and reflections.
The works of Zheng Zaidong have been shown in the collections of
many museums around the world, including the MOCA (Museum of
Contemporary Art) of Shanghai, the Prague Art Museum, the Korea Art
Museum, the Futian Art Museum (Korea), Hong Kong Art Center, Taipei
Fine Art Museum, National Museum of History of Taipei.
The artist will attend the opening
From a conversation in Shanghai, April 2007.
Morera – But I don’t think it is only to talk about one’s self, the
essence is to utilize the self to express something deeper. You
concentrate above all on the pursuit of pleasure. What kind of
– The true essence is desire, the desire of the
human being. On a spiritual plane it is admiration for the
classical world, antiquity, appreciation of nature, but at the same
time there is the erotic, bodily desire of all our senses. True
desire also includes solitude. My work is like a diary of my
research. To pursue pleasure is to pursue myself. Or the meaning of
life. The lifestyle of an artist is what fascinates me, if you are
an artist you can pursue yourself. What interests me is not just
art but also life, the meaning of life. What appears in my work is
the pursuit of pleasure, the decay of our body, solitude. But
pleasure has many aspects, from the most extravagant extremes to
the simplicity of drinking tea in the moonlight.
Morera – A psychoanalytic research that also
Zaidong – For me it is totally pacific
self-therapy. I am an admirer of classical culture but I do not
have the intention to represent it.
Morera – In practice, you come into contact with the Chinese
“Renaissance” and use its symbols, the moon, the tree, the rock,
the flower, the bird, the sage.
Zaidong – When I use certain images I absolutely do not want to
know anything about their symbolism, for me they are signs that
spontaneously surface in my mind.
– And then there is always your face, your body.
– I am someone who does not know much, so it is
easier to paint myself, at least I am dealing with a familiar