CAFA Art Museum, The Embassy of Portugal in China and Vhils Studio are pleased to present “Imprint”, the first solo exhibition in Beijing by critically acclaimed Portuguese visual artist Alexandre Farto aka Vhils.

Featuring an entirely new body of works, “Imprint” will be showcased at CAFA Art Museum, Gallery 3B, between 30 June and 23 July 2017. The opening ceremony with the presence of the artist will take place on 30 June (Friday). The exhibition is organised by CAFA Art Museum in association with the Embassy of Portugal in China and Vhils Studio, and supported by REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais, China Three Gorges International Corporation, and UNICER.


Rooted in the visual narrative that Vhils has been presenting on walls since starting the Scratching the Surface project in 2007, “Imprint” constitutes a unique installation featuring the use of a single medium—the author’s signature bas-relief wall carving technique. Comprising some 70 portraits—each carved into a freestanding monolithic structure—the present exhibition is a pivotal statement that seeks to expand on the fundamental premise behind this project: the act of working with the city itself as the prime material while focusing on the concept of reciprocal shaping—by which both the city and its citizens develop a shared character.

Despite taking the reality of Beijing as a starting point, this installation aims at being symbolically representative of the processes at work in any other city around the world.

Expressing the artist’s organic approach to creation, the legion of poignant, silent portraits presented here can be seen as a sample of the myriad stories that breathe life into the city. Speaking of how individuals are affected differently by the urban environment and social context they live in, each displays a unique imprint. Yet, while each portrait speaks of individuality and uniqueness, the materials on which they are carved speak significantly of uniformity and homogenisation, as these mass-produced plasterboards can be easily found on construction sites and buildings all over the world.

Together with the artist’s aspiration to humanise the urban landscape, the present exhibition seeks to make us consider the present human condition in face of the entropic complexity of the city. “Imprint” is thus both an analytical look at the characteristics of contemporary urban life and a poetic gesture highlighting the identitarian transformation at the heart of this new chapter in human development.

[Text by Miguel Moore]

Imprint – Works by Alexandre Farto aka Vhils

Opening ceremony: 30 June 2017
1:00pm: Media sign-in
1:30pm-2:00pm: Media guide
2:15pm-3:15pm: VIP guide
3:30pm-4:00pm: Opening ceremony
4:00pm-5:30pm: Visiting the exhibition

Academic Advisor: Fan Di’an, Professor, President of China Central Academy of Fine Arts
Academic Director: Tang Hui, Professor, Director of Mural Painting Department of China Central Academy of Fine Arts
Chief Planners: Wang Chunchen, Professor, Chief Curator of CAFA Art Museum; Wu Xiaohai, Associate Professor, China Central Academy of Fine Arts
Organisers: CAFA Art Museum – China Central Academy of Fine Arts; Mural Painting Department of Central Academy of Fine Arts
Co-organisers: The Embassy of Portugal in China; Vhils Studio

Support: REN – Redes Energéticas Nacionais, China Three Gorges International Corporation, UNICER

Venue: CAFA Art Museum, Gallery 3B
Exhibition period: 30 June 2017 – 23 July 2017
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30am – 5:30pm; Last admission 5:00pm. Closed on Mondays

CAFA Art Museum – China Central Academy of Fine Arts
No. 8, Huajiadi Nan Jie, Chaoyang District, 100102 Beijing, P. R. China


n印记:亚历山大·法图 (VHILS) 个展于中央美术学院美术馆开幕

中央美术学院美术馆,葡萄牙驻中国大使馆和Vhils工作室很荣幸地呈现葡萄牙籍的杰出视觉艺术家, 亚历山大·法图 (Vhils) 在北京的首次个展。

展览“印记”将展出艺术家全新作品, 并将在2017年6月30日(周五)于中央美术学院美术馆3B展厅开幕,届时艺术家本人也将出席。 本次展览由中央美术学院美术馆、葡萄牙驻中国大使馆和Vhils工作室联合组织,并在REN(葡萄牙国家电网公司) 、中国三峡国际公司,和UNICER(尤尼斯饮料公司)共同支持下实现。展览将一直持续至2017年7月23日。


艺术家Vhils (本名亚历山大·法图)的作品长期以来都在关注当代社会的城市化形态及纷繁摩登都市之中的复杂性,并逐步从中发展出艺术家对当今人类状态的艺术陈述。




印记:亚历山大·法图(Vhils) 作品展

开幕式: 2017年6月30日
1:00pm: 媒体签到
1:30pm-2:00pm: 媒体导览
2:15pm-3:15pm: VIP导览
3:30pm-4:00pm: 开幕式
4:00pm-5:30pm: 公众观展开放

学术顾问 范迪安(中央美术学院院长,教授)
学术总监 唐晖(中央美术学院壁画系主任,教授)
策展人 王春辰(中央美术学院美术馆学术部主任,教授)

主办方 中央美术学院美术馆 中央美术学院壁画系
合作主办方 葡萄牙驻中国大使馆 Vhils工作室
赞助 葡萄牙国家电网公司 中国长江三峡集团公司 尤尼斯饮料公司
地点 中央美术学院美术馆3B展厅
展期 2017年6月30日-2017年7月23日
开放时间 周二-周日,9:30am – 5:30pm(5:00pm停止入场)*周一闭馆