The exhibition Floating Pavilions is an encounter between painted space and architecture. For this exhibition, architect Shui Yanfei constructed a series of “pavilions” to engage in a dialogue with the space and light found in the recent paintings of He Duoling. In recent years, He Duoling’s works have increasingly explored the conception of space in Chinese and Western painting, using highly diluted oils to combine realistic figures and flowers with the infinitely expanding scattered perspective space of Chinese painting. His love for architecture goes back many years to his collaboration with leading Chinese architect Liu Jiakun on the design of his Chengdu studio.

Shui Yanfei’s architectural installation uses semi-transparent walls to create a hazy, dreamlike space, with doors and windows cut into the walls in various places around the exhibition hall to emulate the “roving view” of Chinese art and the practice of “borrowed scenes” from Chinese gardens that incorporate distant scenic elements into the enclosed space.

As curator Zhao Huan notes, “By placing these works into yet another courtyard, in collaboration with an architect, curation is no longer rootless, and the “floating city” is no longer an illusion removed from reality. His creations enter an interplay with that of architect Shui Yanfei, the two drawing from each other and shining together as one as walls are no longer walls, scenery is no longer scenery. A series of traditional landscaped garden spatial techniques are used to create spatial atmospheres of different countenance and scale.”

The exhibition also features a sculptural installation by Shi Jindian that serves as a medium between painted and architectural space.

The exhibition has been extended and will remain on view until April 5.

  • Artists: He Duoling, Shui Yanfei, Shi Jindian
  • Curator: Zhao Huan
  • Guest Critic: Zhai Yongming
  • Duration: December 1, 2019 - April 5, 2020