ART AI WeiWei Is Top, But Du Zhenjun …

Posted by on 15. Oktober 2015

Du Zhenjun

Du Zhenjun's „Babel Tower No. 1“ ...

Du Zhenjun

… and Du Zhenjun's „Babel Tower No. 2“

WHAT A SMASHING QUARTER, this new Art District in China’s capital! Squeezed into a former industrial complex, with nearly 100 galleries and as many bistros and bars. Ai WeiWei has his workshop there too, with his usual, provocative and hard to understand art, but on the other side of the Street, in THE WHITE GALLERY, I discovered an artist who knocked me out of my socks: Du Zhenjun, born in Shanghai in 1961, in certain circles a celebrity – and I don’t know who he really is: a photographer, a painter? Both I think, looking at the two enormous works – measuring 180 x 240 cm , or 6 x 8 feet. I could’t find out about the price, but I learned that this mixture of camera and brush work its called „Conceptual Photography“. I spend an hour in front of the two pictures, comparing Du Zhenjun with what I remembered of Pieter Brueghel’s legendary „Tower of Babel“. Du Zhenjun called his pictures „Babel Tower Series-Pollution“ and „Babel Tower Series-Old Europe“. They are like those disturbing children’s illustrations where thousands of people, buildings, landscapes and animals are intertwined – but done by a master’s hand. I loved them, but have no walls to hang the tow and probably not the money the afford them. But I expect you to feel the same visual pleasure I had, watching these two enormous and totally unexpected canvasses …

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