22:55PREMIERE OF SIMON MA'S NEW WORLD TOUR EXHIBITION: “HEART • WATER • INK”
Xu Beihong Art Museum (Yixing) / Temple of Chinese History, The Forbidden City (Beijing)
The Hong Kong Jockey Club / Three On the Bund (Shanghai) / Frost Art Museum (Miami)
National Museum of China (Beijing) / Zhejiang Art Museum (Hangzhou)
Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (Rome) / Biennale di Venezia
China Pavilion and the China Corporate United Pavilion at Expo 2015 (Milan)
As part of the Miami leg of this world tour, Ma will present a seminar about Chinese water ink that will be open to the public and to students at Florida International University. The exhibition also will feature an equine-themed short film “China Dream,” an homage to Master Xu Beihong (broadcast on National Geographic and Discovery) and an equine-themed jewelry collection co-created with Chow Tai Fook.
The spirit of the horse inspires this exhibition. In Chinese, the name Ma means horse and the year 2014 marks the Chinese year of the horse.
Internationally renowned as a 21st century inheritor of the ancient traditions, Simon Ma looks up to the experience of the Chinese Master Xu Beihong and follows in his footsteps by creating an exhibition that unites the past and the present.
Different materials from nature reflect various personalities and characteristics of Simon's horses. Inspired by Xu’s artistic notion of the benevolent horse, large-scale horse sculptures modeled after the Chinese character of horse (馬) will anchor this exhibition.
Benevolence is a central theme for Ma’s show, via the Confucian concept of Rén (仁), a virtue denoting mutual respect, help and love among mankind.
The exhibition’s theme is the artist’s new principle of "Rén Ma" (a kindhearted creature showing the benevolence of the horse and of nature, encouraging mankind to learn this quality).
For centuries, Chinese artists have used ink and calligraphy to connect to the worlds of tradition, poetry, ritual, emotions and intellect. Ma uses these traditions boldly in his unique creative process for his drawings, paintings, sculpture and design, and extending beyond - to his passion for music.
“I want to show that in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it is still possible to possess a pure spirit and to seek a balance point from which to conduct our lives,” adds Ma. “Heart becomes a new way of creation, from the deepest part of the soul. Brush is a companion, and Ink becomes the language that the Heart communicates to harmonize people and their essence. When Heart comes together with the Chinese Qi and spirit, the artist can reach the perfect condition for his creation.”
This will be the U.S. premiere for Chinese crossover artist Simon Ma's new world tour exhibition "Heart Water Ink" and his American museum debut. The young artist has worked with Julian Lennon, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche ...
the United Nations appointed him as a Cultural Ambassador ... The Shanghai Tatler named him "Crossover Artist of 2013" ... and sohu.com named him "Designer of the Year." Ma has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, MOCA Shanghai, Amsterdam's Leslie Smith Gallery, Taiwan's Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and more.
Adds Simon Ma: “I am thrilled that "Heart • Water • Ink" will have its U.S. premiere in Miami, at the Frost Art Museum. The global attention gained from Art Basel now reaches beyond that magical time each season, making Miami a year-round art destination. The love of art and art-making has grown exponentially and can be felt all over Miami - a brilliant place for those who wish to pursue a life in art.”
Global partners for Simon Ma’s "Heart • Water • Ink" World Tour include:
The Xu Beihong Art Museum of Yixing; The National Museum of China; MOCA Shanghai; Zhejiang Art Museum (Hangzhou); Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI Rome); La Biennale di Venezia; China Pavilion and the China Corporate United Pavilion at Expo Milan 2015; The Frost Art Museum at Florida International University; Donghua University; Shanghai Theatre Company; Three on the Bund; The Hong Kong Jockey Club; China International Capital Corp.; and Chow Tai Fook.
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