from 13th to 26th September
Rome, Complesso del Vittoriano – Ala Brasini
THE TIMELESS DANCE
Beyond the mountains
Curated by Martina Mazzotta
Roma – From 13th to 26th September, Rome’s Complesso del Vittoriano – Ala Brasini – under the aegis of the Istituto per la storia del Risorgimento italiano [Institute for the history of the Italian Risorgimento], Regione Lazio and Roma Capitale – hosted the first phase of The Timeless Dance. Beyond the Mountains exhibition, curated by Martina Mazzotta: an extraordinary itinerary to discover the works and values’ universe of Chinese Mao Jianhua.
99 works depicting a spiral path, in seven stages divided into concepts and emotions – all accomplished with brush and ink on handmade cotton paper – vary in size ranging from small-size sheets to the most impressive roll that reaches seven meters in width.
Mao Jianhua was born in Changshu, Jiangsu, in 1955. He is a well-established entrepreneur with long-term international experience. His paintings are often signed with either the pseudonym ‘Jizushanren’ (‘man of Jizu’ – the mountain Mao visits regularly to meditate) or ‘Zhuoweng’ (which describes a man who follows his primal nature, avoiding all pretentiousness and artificiality by recalling the state of childhood and his true nature).
In 2006, Mao began to paint by pure coincidence.
Between 2007 and 2009 he focused on drawings recalling the style of the four famous painters of the Qing dynasty: Wang Shimin, Wang Jian, Wang Hui and Wang Yuanqi. Principally landscape painters, these four ‘Wangs’ considered as supreme the painting skill of artists from the Song and Yuan dynasties. At the time, Mao mostly copied Wang Yuanqi’s works…