“IMPRINT – WORKS BY ALEXANDRE FARTO AKA VHILS” TO OPEN AT CAFA ART MUSEUM, BEIJING

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.

Imprint

Rooted in the visual narrative that Vhils has been presenting on walls since starting the Scratching the Surface series 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 series: the act of working with the city itself as the prime material while focussing 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.

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

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

新闻稿

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。

印记

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。

对一种单一媒介——最具Vhils个人辨识度的浮雕手法——进行的丰富运用,从而造就出了“印记”一展的全部装置,其根源可以追溯到Vhils在2007年所做的系列作品“划过表面”中的视觉叙事。70件人像,均被刻入到伫立场内的一个个单体结构当中。它们共同组成的“印记”是一个引子,逐渐展开一个更广的命题计划:以城市为基础材料,通过造型,双向地塑造出每座城市和其居民共同生长、相互融合而生的新角色。

这组装置不仅仅以北京的所在地现实出发,同样也将世界各地的其他城市所经历的相似过程融入到符号化的呈现之中。他希求用有机的方式创作出一众感伤的群体面孔,当中每一个静寂的人像都饱含千千万万的故事,而故事恰恰是为城市带去生机的源力。放眼望去,每一幅都显露着独一无二的印记,诉说出每个人是如何被ta所生活的现代都市环境及人文社会环境改变着,成为了那一刻的模样。然而,尽管每幅人像都饱含个体性和独特之处,另一方面,这些图像所栖的相同材质揭露的则是统一性与同一化:这种大批量生产的石膏板在世界各地的工地和建筑中随处可见。

“印记”一展通过艺术家对都市景观雄心勃勃的拟人化,试图使观者重新思考当今时代下,看似向阳而生的复杂城市生态面貌背后的人类真正状态。因此“印记”不仅是对当代城市生活特点的分析式观察,而同样也是在人类发展新篇章之际,对同一化变革的一次充满诗意的标记。

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)
吴啸海(中央美术学院副教授)

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

地址
中央美术学院美术馆
北京市朝阳区花家地南街8号,100102