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By Art Matters opened with inaugural exhibition about "Nothing"
en.hangzhou.com.cn   2022-01-13 14:12   Source:City Express

By Art Matters, the long-awaited first contemporary art museum in Hangzhou located in the OōEli complex, opened to the public on Dec 25, 2021, after nine-year's preparation.

The inaugural exhibition "A Show about Nothing" will be on through May 8th, 2022 as a nod to the American television show Seinfeld.

The exhibition layout places minimal intervention to the architectural design of By Art Matters. Conceived and executed by the internationally renowned Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the space allows a distinctive experience of the entire museum, from its fair-faced concrete, the wooden floor, to the high ceiling with skylights on the first floor. When visitors walk into the gallery for the first time and traverse through the exhibition, their various ways of experiencing the space would lead them to be engaged in the theme of this exhibition.

The exhibition showcases the artworks by more than 30 artists. With the display of their seminal works and newly commissioned pieces according to the venue's characteristics, it explores how contemporary Chinese and foreign artists deal with the concept of "nothingness". The exhibition concept was proposed by Francesco Bonami, director of By Art Matters, curated by Stefano Collicelli Cagol, a renowned Italian curator, together with the Chinese artists Wu Tian and Sun Man.

In the center of the first floor are three cars that seem to be out of order. Named Untitled, these cars as artworks reveal different stories: One seems brand new, with a shiny yellow look and invisible doors and handles; the second one has only three wheels; and the third one is missing some key parts, such as the lights.

Seven artworks from Japanese artist Yoko Ono are on display at the museum, such as the "Cloud Piece", one of a series of instruction paintings. Yoko Ono is a key artist in developing conceptual art, bringing to the center of her works the idea and potential realization by the public.

On the wall of an empty room next to the entry, Roman Ondak uses one single red cotton thread stretched by lead weights attached to both ends to designate the highest point of a daily writing range. This artwork named Clockwork will record the visitors' names and their time of visiting on the wall.

"We want to do a show about nothing, and we want to do it inside a beautiful void space. We wish people, the guests of the exhibition, to be able to understand and enjoy the difference between nothing and the void, experiencing architecture while experiencing at the same time the essential beauty of nothing," said Francesco Bonami.

You can hardly be unaware of the scent of freshly baked bread infused in the space. The exhibition presents a series of works delving into making nothingness present, allowing visitors to feel it through their five senses (vision, hearing, tactile sense, sense of smell and gustation). Such experiences open the doors of perception on something invisible and unrepresentable.

"A Show about Nothing"

Address:

398 Tianmushan Road, Hangzhou

Opening hours:

Tuesday -- Sunday, 12:00 - 20:00

Author:Jin Yingying  Editor:Wang Jian
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By Art Matters, the long-awaited first contemporary art museum in Hangzhou located in the OōEli complex, opened to the public on Dec 25, 2021, after nine-year's preparation. The inaugural exhibition "A Show about Nothing" will be on through May 8th, 2022 as a nod to the American television show Seinfeld.