Our friends at Beijing Today swing by now and then to introduce art and culture in the city.
Among the hundreds of galleries in Beijing, Intelligentsia Gallery is quite unusual in its interactive approach to exhibitions.
Created as a room of sorts, it regularly gathers the works of painters, sculptures and photographers into a shared space that enables visitors to interact with the art.
This March, it is presenting a group exhibition titled Hermeneutics of a Room. Featured artists include Meng Zhigang, Simona Rota, Matjaž Tančič, James Ronner and Camille Ayme.
The exhibition is curated by Garcia Frankowski, an architect who explores the room as container of space, experiences, relationships, feelings and identity. Each artist contributes to the experience through a different medium.
For example, Meng’s “Blank” series of paintings purges the room of furniture and leaves it as an open space for self-reflection and introspective analysis.
Ronner questions the role of generic matter in post-industrial manufacture and art creation by transforming objects of mass production into unique handcrafted glass works.
Rota’s photo series “Big Exit” tries to explain the relationship between a space and the human body. Her self-portraits capture instant dynamic tension between the body and its surrounding space.
Artist Tančič’s series “Timekeeper” recreates the multiplicity of semiotic layers usually absent in conventional photography, and Ayme’s “Chambre” presents a series of spaces and connecting psychology.
Art critic Chen Hao said the most intriguing quality of the space is that it can be taken as a whole. “ The backdrop is not a canvas, a wall or a decent museum, but a small anonymous room somewhere in Beijing,” he said.
“The space is so confined and basic that everything is concentrated and connected – a richness emerges through the limitation and with only few pieces at play,” Ho said.
The experimental nature of the gallery is founded in art, but is something usually missing in modern high culture exhibitions.
This post originally appeared in Beijing Today.
11 Dongwang Hutong, Dongcheng District
March 1 to 31, 1- 6 pm