On October 7th, the exhibition “Bai Ming—Painting and Ceramics” opened at the Museum of Asian Art in Paris. As part of the 50th commemorative anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France, it was co-sponsored by Chinese Culture Center of Paris, China International Culture Association, and Museum of Asian Art in Paris. Christine Shimizu, the curator of Museum of Asian Art in Paris, and researcher Maher Belek were the curators of the exhibition.
Counselor Deng Li and his wife, Curator Christine Shimizu, and Bai Ming’s family at the museum
Twenty-eight paintings and ceramic pieces, which came from different periods of Bai Ming’s working, were shown at the exhibition. In Yong Jiu Hall, another 13 works of Bai Ming were displayed alongside the treasures of art from ancient China.
Viewers looking at Bai Ming’s famous work Hong Yan Li Jin (Source: European Times, Jiang Wanru)
As a world-class Asian art museum, the Museum of Asian Art in Paris has fastidious aesthetic taste and a high level of professionalism. Previously the museum has only held exhibitions for Chinese artists who have lived in France before, such as Zhao Wuji and Wu Guanzhong, but Bai Ming has never been abroad. To hold an exhibition for an artist who is born and raised in China symbolizes artists that represent the highest level of contemporary Chinese art have gained the attention and acknowledgement of world-class museums. It is also an acknowledgement of the innovation of contemporary Chinese art during the past decades.
Yin Fu, director of Chinese Culture Center of Paris said that Bai Ming’s ideas correspond with the core values of the Museum of Asian Art in Paris. Reflecting on the modern society while inheriting traditional cultures, Bai Ming is conscious of international cultural exchanges, and is confident with Chinese cultures, which is an important element that made the landmark exhibition happen.
According to Bai Ming, it is his trust in Chinese cultures—a shift from direct to introvert oriental way of expression—that he finds through the communication with the western art. Elegant and tranquil, ceramics is the product of nature, and the combination of earth, water, and fire.
Bai Ming, who has not received any western-style education, said he wanted to present the world an artist that is "most Chinese", who is different from those affected by modern western art.