19 May The Temple House Presents “Xiong Wenyun: The Moving Rainbow” Exhibition
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space at The Temple House is proud to present “Xiong Wenyun: The Moving Rainbow” from 21st May till 30th June. The exhibition chronicles almost 20 years of contemporary artist Xiong Wenyun’s career, from 1993 to 2012, and covers two important series of art works: “Japanese Rock Color Painting of Figure” and “The Moving Rainbow.” Showcasing the artist’s versatility, the exhibition includes examples of her conceptual performances, photography and paintings.
The series of “Japanese Rock Color Painting of Figure” artworks, created in the mid 1990s, are considered seminal works. The series reflects the artist’s study of traditional Chinese paintings as well as her successful technique of rock color paintings in Japan.
“The Moving Rainbow” is a comprehensive, ongoing art project started in 1998. The project integrates multiple disciplines, from conceptual and performance art to video and photography. Designed to promote social awareness, the series expresses the memories of Tibetan youth through rainbow-bright colors. Capturing abstract items — car tarpaulins, curtains, doorways — the artist juxtaposes these vibrant splashes of color against Tibet’s mountain landscapes, expansive plateaus and ancient cities. The series evokes youthful memories and life experiences while commenting on the themes of nationality, habitation, environment and history.
“Xiong Wenyun: The Moving Rainbow” exhibition will be part of a cultural hub that comprises The Temple House, Daci Temple and Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li complex. Attracting an international, sophisticated crowd, the exhibition showcases the multinational nature of the district as well as the emphasis on history and culture.
About The Temple House x A Thousand Plateaus Art Space
Located within The Temple House, A Thousand Plateaus Art Space is the result of a long-term collaboration between The Temple House and the Chengdu-based art gallery to promote exhibitions and contemporary art.
The Temple House understands that art and architecture are inextricably linked. Both are products of innovation and independent, creative thinking. Both seek to communicate new experiences and exhibit technological and intellectual development.
To promote exchange between these two disciplines, The Temple House created a fully functional professional art space into the hotel design. The art space is located within a traditional Chinese courtyard that was established over 100 years ago during the mid-Qing dynasty. Combining a modern minimalist interior with construction methods that are faithful to the unique characteristics of traditional Chinese architecture, the multi-functional space is designed to house a diverse range of artworks.
Through a comprehensive program, the space will display thought-provoking art and introduce groundbreaking contemporary work from various disciplines such as painting, photography, sculpture and video. The space will also host monthly lectures and artistic exchange activities.
A Thousand Plateaus Art Space appreciates Swire Hotel’s commitment and advancement of local arts and culture. While guests enjoy their comfortable accommodation, they will also have access to rich cultural experiences, further enhancing the artistic mission of the hotel.
About The Aritst – Xiong Wenyun
Born in Chongqing, Xiong Wenyun graduated with a Masters degree from Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. From 1985 to 1987, she was employed as a research student in the Department Chinese Painting and the Central Art Institute before moving to Japan to further her studies. She graduated with a Masters degree in Japanese Paintings from the University of Tsukuba. Her first solo exhibition opened at the National Art Museum of China in 1996 and she was invited back for a second exhibition two years later. In 1998, she began the Moving Rainbow experimental project while also researching children’s art education. She is the recipient of multiple prizes from the Sichuan Art Exhibition, the National Youth Art Exhibition and the National Art Exhibition. Her work has also been displayed by the National Art Museum of China.