Beijing Studio – Zhuang Hong Yi and Lu Luo

2 November 2007

From 10 November 2007 to 2 March 2008, the Groninger Museum will present the exhibition entitled Beijing Studio - Zhuang Hong Yi and Lu Luo. In this exhibition, the accent lies on the works that Lu Luo (Si Chuan, 1971) and Zhuang Hong Yi (Si Chuan, 1962) recently produced in their land of birth.

The largely monumental works embody their memories of the cultural traditions of their native region coupled to European cultural axioms. Accordingly, tradition Chinese materials and patterns are reproduced in figures with associative characteristics and expressive urges that are more West-oriented.

After completing their education in their birthplace Si Chuan, Zhuang Hong Yi and Lu Luo settled in Groningen in 1992 and 1995, respectively, to continue their education at Academie Minerva (Academy of Art) in Groningen. They held their first Dutch exhibition at Galerie Waalkens in Finsterwolde (Province of Groningen) in 1999, subsequently moving on to further successful exhibitions both at home and abroad. The radical social, economic and cultural changes in their homeland stimulated them to set up a second studio in Beijing in 2007, besides the one they currently occupy in The Hague. In this Beijing studio, Eastern and Western elements blend together to a more profound degree than in the work created in the West, thus forming completely new, poetic figures.

Previous exhibition
In 2001, the Groninger Museum presented earlier monumental works by the artist Zhuang Hong Yi.

Book
The recently published book Zhuang Hong Yi – het monumentale werk is available from the Museum shop.

Zhuang Hong Yi, The monumental works
English-Dutch edition € 45
Authors: Efraïm Milikowski, Wang Lin, Han Steenbruggen.
Compilation and design: Fons van Hamersveld, Efraïm Milikowski.
Format: 35 x 50 cm; 88 pp. full colour.
Publisher: 2007 Stichting Atelier ’92
Bibliophile edition, numbered and signed, in cassette: € 75
ISBN-10: 90-805002-3-2
ISBN-13: 978-90-805002-3-5

Note for the editor
For more information, please contact: Josee Selbach, jselbach@groningermuseum.nl, +31 (0)50-3666555, ebijlefeld@groningermuseum.nl, +31 (0)50-3666555, www.groningermuseum.nl.

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