|21.05.2019 - 02.06.2019|
Dates: May 21 – June 02, 2019
Venue: Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Russian Academy of Arts
19 Prechistenka street, Moscow
The Russian Academy of Arts, V. Surikov State Moscow Art Institute, Chinese People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries, Chinese Society of Art Photography and Union of Entrepreneurs – Photographers of China present an exhibition project in honor of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia.
Zhou Fuming is a successful investor who revealed himself not only as a businessman, but also as an artist and photographer. He is a President and Managing Director of several Chinese leading companies and public organizations (“V Star Capital”, “The Chinese Society of Entrepreneurs’ Photography” and “The Shanghai Society of Entrepreneurs’ Photography”). Zhou Fuming started studying painting in his childhood in the Shanghai Art School. Since the 1970s he has been actively involved into the exhibition and creative activity, his works were exhibited in art shows in Shanghai and published in major periodical editions. Zhou Fuming is an author of more than 500 paintings thematically exposing the complex and non-linear rhythm of everyday and public life of China after the “cultural revolution”. Portraits of friends and the near ones, natural and industrial landscapes, cityscapes make a kind of a historical diagram, where the correlation of social, political and aesthetic “values” is becoming a central problem in the artist’s painting.
However, the easel painting and its ambiguous fate in the time of digital media and China’s economic growth are not all that is interesting to Zhou Fuming. One more direction of his creative searches is art photography. He uses his camera as an instrument for exploring the reality. In different techniques and styles are depicted scenes resulting from his traveling. They are not only a record of events and states, but also a “dense description” of the photographer-anthropologist. There is no “tourist view” there, it is substituted by the multi-level language of visual and socially oriented study of geography and history through art and communication. Thus, for instance, during his first trip to Dunhuang (2007) – the ancient historical center of the Great Silk Way – Zhou Fuming combined his creative work with cooperation with the Chairman of Dunhuang Culture Foundation.
Not less important for Zhou Fuming is his charitable activity. All the profits from auctions are directed by the artist to charitable foundations. Along with his solo exhibitions Zhou Fuming participates in profitable charitable projects.
Anatoly Lyubavin is a Russian graphic artist and painter, Professor, Rector of V. Surikov Moscow State Art Institute, Academician and Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Arts, People’s Artist of Russia, Member of the Artists’ Union of Russia.
Anatoly Lyubavin is a recognized and original colorist using color as the main emotional means of expression. His pictures are composed of large and small color plates combining bright colors when it requires a particularly emotional decision and calm, muted ones when it comes to a quiet lyrical scene. The artist’s favorite topics are the family, motherhood, childhood, animals and city environment. In his works there exists a unique world full of harmony, quivering, delicate and slightly ironic. Anatoly Lyubavin is a master of various techniques of graphic and painting art who is distinguished by high professionalism and brilliant plastic expressiveness.
The Union of Entrepreneurs – Photographers of China was set up in 2014. At present it works in 23 provinces, in four cities of central subordination and five autonomous regions. The Union totals 4000 members which core is major businessmen of China who are also amateur photographers. The Union is focused on the development of art and commercial photography at the intersection of business and creative activity. Being influential and public figures who are successful in various spheres of economy and finances they form the agenda of the local market of contemporary art and photography aimed at the promotion of innovative institutes and models of the global art market. According to the statistics for 2014, the Chinese market of contemporary art ranks first with 40% of the world volume.
The exhibition project dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia aims at showing the ways of cooperation and differences between the two countries, as well as the social conditions in art which determined the character and peculiarities of their common political and historical past.