A solo exhibition entitled “A Tribute to Sunflowers — Xu Jiang’s Recent Works” has opened to the public, showing artist Xu Jiang’s sunflower creations and masterpieces from the past 15 years.
Born in 1955, Xu, president of the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, has dedicated more than a decade to painting and sculpturing sunflowers. For him, the collective portrait of the plant embodies the life history of his generation — the generation of “blooming to the sun.”
In the beginning of 2014, Xu held an exhibition named “Oriental Sunflowers” at the National Museum of China in Beijing. From late 2015 to 2016, the subsequent exhibition was held at the China Art Museum in Shanghai.
This time, five themed display areas, namely “Earth of Mind,” “Wild Fire,” “Sprawling,” “Refining” and “The Ode,” are open to the public, demonstrating Xu’s artworks in recent years, including over 50 canvas oil paintings, more than 100 watercolors, and groups of sculptures and large installations.
One of the highlights is part of “The Ode,” a multimedia installation consisting of 1,600 red sunflower sculptures, each of which is 6 meters high. The forest of red sunflowers stands in awe, like a military waiting on a battlefield.
Date: Through December 9, 10am-6pm (closed on Mondays)
Venue: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum
Address: 1929 Expo Ave, Pudong New Area