Imago Mundi: the China of differences – Venice

Gao Brothers, Untitled, 2013. Courtesy Fondazione Luciano Benetton

Venice – Contemporary China lands in Venice in a new stage of Imago Mundi the ambitious project of the Luciano Benetton Collection that aspires to bring together the art of the whole planet in a map made of small canvases of 10×12 cm, painted by artists of every color, culture and country.

This time it's up to the Yellow Giant that, beyond all appearances of uniformity, reveals itself in its complex and variegated reality. Not only Beijing, the epicenter of an immense and explosive artistic scene, but the instantaneous dynamic of the different regions and of the 55 ethnic groups – besides the majority Han – that make up the Chinese people: from the Uygur, who live in the territories bordering Russia and Kazakhstan to the Daghur, breeders of horses in the prairies of Manchuria; from the Hui, Muslims of the Yellow River valley, to the Xibei settled along the ancient Silk Road.
Between contemporary trends and the legacy of the traditions of a millennial Country, the journey of a modern Marco Polo unfolds through a fermenting galaxy, characterized by acute tensions between individuals and society: themes, techniques, materials, aesthetic codes are object of continuous experimentation and expression of the rapid evolution of a country projected into the future.

Started in 2016, Contemporary China will finish next year, embracing the works of as many as 5400 artists, among established talents and emerging young people. Until June 22nd a rich preview can be admired in Venice, in the spaces of the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal, in an exhibition that unfolds among 630 works chosen to represent 26 different ethnic groups.
Waiting for 2019, when the project of the Luciano Benetton Collection will take part in the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

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