09/05/2022 - 14/05/2022

New Work - Painting

Katrine Levin Galleries present Chen Li & Gao Xiang - In Search of Harmony: Yunnan Visionaries

"Harmony is hard to come by. One place that seems to get it right is China’s remote Yunnan Province. Once so isolated that even Chinese visitors experienced culture shock, Yunnan transformed within the span of a single lifetime into a hub of artistic expression and a place where past, present, and over 40 million people and numerous ethnic minorities – each with their own belief systems, language, and customs – co-exist in peace.

Balancing prestigious universities, luxury shopping centres and steel-and-glass highrises with traditional wooden houses, ancient Buddhist temples, and 19th century Christian churches, Yunnan’s capital, Kunming, is a study in contradictions whose imperfect balance demands continuous recalibration.

Rising to the task is Kunming’s vibrant artistic community for many of whom the region’s stunning natural landscape, Buddhist philosophy, and distance from the centres of politics inspires a more introspective expression.

Among them are Chen Li and Gao Xiang – two childhood friends with compelling and very different perspectives to harmony and balance."


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