Feng Xiao-Min’s artworks presented online during the ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair

This November is marked by the opening of the ART021 Contemporary Art Fair in Shanghai (China), but with a special feature this year: an online exhibition hall.

Opera Gallery presents a series of modern and contemporary art online from November 10 to 15, including artists like Fernando Botero, Zao Wou-Ki, Feng Xiao-Min, and other works of art in various forms.

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Opera Gallery presents Feng’s works at Art Central 2020 in Hong Kong in collaboration with Artsy

The art fair “Art Central”, organized jointly with Artsy this year, was officially launched online on March 18 by presenting art to the public in digital forms.

Opera Gallery presents the timeless works of well-known masters as well as those of contemporary artists: Fernando Botero, Marc Chagall, Chu Teh-Chun, George Condo, Feng Xiao-Min, Keith Haring, Niki de Saint Phalle and Kazuo Shiraga among others.

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Feng Xiao-Min’s artworks presented at the Shanghai ART021 Contemporary Art Fair

This year, Opera Gallery is presenting a selection of  highly-praised modern and contemporary artists’ works to the community of Shanghai in ART021 Contemporary with a cross-cultural and engaging experience during November 7th-10th, featuring 3 significant Chinese-French painters Zao Wou-Ki, Chu Teh-Chun and Feng Xiao-Min, who will showcase the fusion of abstract aesthetics and Chinese philosophy under the oriental perspective.

Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair
Booth E11
Date: 7-10 November, 2019
Place: Shanghai Exhibition Center

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Opera Gallery | Feng Xiao-Min’s Interview

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Feng Xiao-Min new artworks will be unveiled in November ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair.

His artworks are currently also being exhibited at the Taipei International Art Fair (ART TAIPEI) and in the joint exhibition “Abstraction Athwart Worlds: Ties Between Modern Worlds” at Opera Gallery Hong-Kong, featuring the artworks of Zao Wou-Ki, Chu Teh-Chun, Pierre Soulages, Hans Hartung, and Jean-Paul Riopelle.

Opera Gallery presents Feng’s artworks at Art Taipei 2019

Opera Gallery presents Feng Xiao-Min’s artworks at the International Taipei Art Fair (Art Taipei), alongside with Fernando Botero, Bernard Buffet, Marc Chagall and other artists’ works of art.

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Place: Booth F04 & Y07
Date:October 18 - October 21 2019
Location:Taipei World Trade Center

Opera Gallery Hong Kong | “Abstraction Athwart Worlds: Ties Between Modern Worlds” joint exhibition has opened

Opera Gallery Hong Kong is currently holding a joint exhibition “Abstraction Athwart Worlds: Ties Between Modern Worlds”, including the artworks of well-known French-Chinese artists Zao Wou-Ki, Chu Teh-Chun, Feng Xiao-Min, and Western abstract art master Pierre Soulages. The outstanding creations of Hans Hartung and Jean-Paul Riopelle complete it and bring a thrilling, refreshing cross-cultural art scene.

Opera Gallery | Hong Kong
W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Abstraction Athwart Worlds: 
Ties Between Modern Worlds
Zao Wou-Ki | Chu Teh-Chun | Feng Xiao-Min
Pierre Soulages | Hans Hartung | Jean-Paul Riopelle
Exhibition date: October 3 - October 24, 2019

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Shanghai Daily Newspaper retraces Feng Xiao-Min’s artistic journey

From Jiangnan to Paris an artist’s journey:

In recent years, Chinese artist Feng Xiaomin has acquired a reputation on the global art scene, following in the steps of two other big-name Chinese artists, Zao Wou-ki (1921-2013) and Chu Teh-Chun (1920-2014).

In 1948, Zao went to Paris, and seven years later, Chu arrived in the city. Like his two predecessors, Feng also left China and settled down in Paris in 1988. Today Feng’s art is distinctively placed at luxury hotels, such as the Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi and the Sukhothai Shanghai, in the heart of the city’s business and entertainment district.

His solo-exhibition early this year at the Opera Gallery in Hong Kong received high acclaim. Founded in Paris in 1994 by Gilles Dyan, the Opera Gallery is one of the leading international dealers of contemporary art with 13 branches around the world.

Last month, Feng came back from Paris to Shanghai for a short stay in the city where he was born and bred.

“In fact, I met both Zao and Chu in Paris,” Feng said with a smile. “Yet we seldom talked about art but chatted like longlost friends. Perhaps we all agree art is not something to be taught.”

Born in 1959 in Shanghai, Feng, the youngest of three, grew up in a wealthy family of intellectuals. His grandfather was a noted banker.  “So my mother was quite strict with us,” Feng recalled. “She was particularly keen on our manners including table manners or how to receive a visitor to our family.”

At the age of 6, he began to learn Chinese calligraphy. He later became an ink wash painter, achieving a certain amount of fame in the early 1980s.

However the 20-year-old at that time wanted to see the bigger world outside and tried his luck on Paris. He studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, abandoning the medium of ink for oil and acrylic colors.

Color became the soul in his paintings from then on. Although Feng attributes the color palette in his painting to the influence of European Impressionists who use color distinctively in their oil paintings, he says some of his inspiration indeed comes from the Jiangnan region of China — the area south of the lower
reaches of the Yangtze.

His work captures its foggy atmosphere during the sunset and at dawn and dusk. Feng also says that his painting owes much to his roots, particularly in the field of calligraphy.

His work is not pure abstract, but rather “paysagisme abstrait,” meaning abstract landscape, a term employed by Michel Ragon, when referring to Zao. Tufts of wild grasses, beds of sparse undergrowth, wandering paths, scrubby trees, deserted beaches, blue or overcast skies, unidentifiable structures, distant gates, summery impressions, and misty winter morning… all recalling past memories of escape or contemplation. “Vacancy, stillness, placidity, tastelessness, quietude, silence, and doing-nothing are the root of all things,” he explains.