Culture ∙ Mind ∙ Becoming. Fang Lijun: A Cautionary Vision. 55th Venice Biennale.

Fang Lijun: A Cautionary Vision“, curated by Danilo Eccher, presents the work of Chinese artist Fang Lijun, famous for his Cynical Realism style of paintings.

The curator says that “the art of Fang Lijun contains all the secrets of the East: a sweet, simple figurative style enveloped in a brilliant use of color; a visionary, childlike fascination with an unattainable world; and a calm, graceful, balanced narrative: but all of this is just the brilliant patina of a style of painting that is able to suggest the contemporary anguish of loss of identity, the obsession of the collective, the presence of disease, pain, sin. It is an art of ambiguity and deceit, of levity and depth, of nightmares and emotions, of cynical fantasies.” He also goes on to say that it is an art that demands to be interpreted by the most current categories of complexity.


He therefore calls into play the “Complexity theory” in relation to Fang Lijun’s art. The Complexity theory interconnects with chaos theory, complex algorithms, quantum physics, and the tumult of new logic and mathematics. This chaotic way of thinking has revolutionised our entire notional approach to knowledge, says the curator. The artist masters an art that boasts a millennial iconographic tradition, sophisticated symbolism, an incredibly rich lexicon, a surprising philosophical weight, and a masterful capacity for expression. In short, according to the curator, the artist creates paintings that have multiple surfaces, multiple meanings, layers of symbols that need to be looked at from different points of view, a chaotic yet ordered whole, a reality that has a thousands veils waiting to be uncovered.












You can download a combined catalogue of “Personal Structures” and “Culture Mind Becoming” HERE.

All Photographs: “Culture ∙ Mind ∙ Becoming. Fang Lijun: A Cautionary Vision.”, collateral event of the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Location: Palazzo Marcello. Photos: Prof Danilo Ardia.

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