Conversations. Bai Ming and his students on Chinese Ceramics
China is once again the topic of conversation at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia thanks to the exhibition Conversations: Bai Ming and His Students on Chinese Ceramics, open to the public from 23 September to 22 November 2018. The exhibition is supported by the Fondazione Querini Stampalia and the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University.
“Once again we have an international artist who transforms traditional elements into contemporary creativity, with ceramics given the task of representing a world suspended between ages and continents, between the distant Cathay and Venice,” underlines Elisabetta Dal Carlo, the project curator.
The link between the East and ceramic production goes back centuries: the first forms date back to the Neolithic Age. The connection that these products have with Venice is also centuries-old. It was the Venetian explorer Marco Polo, who provided details of it in his thirteenth-century Il Milione, and perhaps was the first in Europe to do so. Tradition has it that he was the first to bring Chinese porcelain to Venice: a small white vase from around the tenth century with a delicate decoration of leaves and flowering shoots, housed in the St Mark’s Treasury. Since then ceramics and porcelain in China continued to develop, over time earning the dignified position of artistic production on a par with painting and sculpture. Today Chinese artists contend with a millennium-old tradition of this art and the desire to express new contents and forms.
Bai Ming is one of the most renowned representatives of contemporary Chinese ceramic art, and is famous both in the USA and in France for his unique, pure forms in colours .