Cen Long. Sowing Hope

  • When:   April 20, 2024 - November 24, 2024

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Cen Long. Sowing Hope
Cen Long, Kleine Sampan, olio su tela, 120x120 cm, 2021

Following its successful showcase at the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence, Cen Long's exhibition, "Sowing Hope", makes its way to Venice for the 60th Art Biennale.

This exhibition marks a significant milestone, being the largest of its kind ever hosted in Italy. It likely precedes other major exhibitions in Europe, promising to disseminate a message of hope while introducing audiences to the profound works of an artist deeply attuned to the human condition.

Presented by the Crux Art Foundation from Taiwan, the Venice exhibition elicits genuine, contemplative emotions, leaving an indelible impression. In this clamorous and turbulent era, art should be the key that leads us to a glimpse of hope's light, kindling our spiritual longing for a beautiful life. Cen Long's artistic world, profoundly rooted in the vital pulse of existence, outlines a realm of humanity overflowing with aspirations and ideals.

Cen portrays individuals who persevere steadfastly, tirelessly overcoming adversities without yielding. Through modest human and animal figures, he depicts his utopia: a world imbued with eternal and sincere love.
His works are vibrant with life: 'At the heart of my artistic philosophy lies the imperative of breathing life into the canvas, infusing each brushstroke with vitality,' shares Cen Long. His distinctive approach maintains a profound originality amidst the landscape of contemporary Chinese art: 'Through my artistry, I seek solace, a serene oasis amidst the cacophony of existence.'

The audience is reminded of humanity's noblest virtues: goodness, love, resilience, and courage. Cen plants seeds of hope in the world with his art, encouraging us with the courage to face life's challenges and inspiring us to seek spiritual elevation amidst the mundanity of everyday life. This reclusive artist leads us into a haven of freedom and purity. His paintings are soulful revelations, his art stands as a beacon that illuminates humanity's core, guiding us towards the fundamental and unadorned truths of our existence.... read the rest of the article»

Cen Long's artistic approach embodies simplicity in style, sophistication in brushwork, rigor in composition, and depth in coloration. His works evoke a sense of clarity and serenity, inviting us to rediscover the aesthetics of tranquility and reconnect with our essential selves.

The exhibition's profound significance ignites a cascade of reflections, to be delved into further through a series of meetings and conferences featuring prominent speakers, all integrated into the exhibition's programming from April to November.

THEMES AND REFERENCES

MASTER CEN LONG
Cen Long, esteemed for its profound philosophical implications, is hailed by intellectuals as China's foremost artist. His exhibition serves as a profound reflection, consistently centered around the theme of Hope.

HOPE
Hope, the universal virtue shared by all humanity, persists even in the most destitute and it serves as a moment of synthesis and connection across diverse religious beliefs.

DANTE
Within Cen Long's œuvre, echoes of Dante's Purgatorio reverberate. The earthly purgatory depicted in the Chinese Master's paintings portrays humble individuals, often immersed in their laborious daily tasks, yet facing them with dignity. Their countenances reflect the resilience of hope, mirroring Dante's journey towards a brighter future.

OCEAN
Cen Long harbors a profound sensitivity to nature, viewing mankind not as its proprietor but as one of its marvelous creations.
In this light, Venice serves as a poignant symbol, embodying both the fragility of our planet and the potential for solutions through a renewed commitment to care and sustainability.
The oceans and seas, encompassing the largest expanse of our Earth, represent the most crucial resource for all creatures, demanding urgent action to guide environmental transition. Achieving climate neutrality by 2050 hinges on the preservation of our oceans. Only through a unified, supra-national vision for safeguarding maritime spaces can we effect a genuine and conscientious ecological transition.

MARCO POLO
As we commemorate the 700th anniversary of Marco Polo's passing in 2024, we witness the famed Venetian traveler embarking on his journey to Cathay, while simultaneously, Cen Long arrives in Venice for the fifth time. Though temporally distant, both share the experience of living far from their homeland – Marco Polo due to geographical distance, and Cen Long as an exile in his own country, opting for a life of solitude surrounded by his canvases, books, and music. Both are united by hope and the aspiration for a world without borders or conflicts: much like the famous traveler of the past, Cen Long transcends boundaries, bridging distant cultures and leaving an indelible mark on those he encounters along the way.

Partners: Ugo and Olga Levi Foundation, Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, Crux Art Foundation, Lyra Cultural Services, Studio Laura Villani

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Title: Cen Long. Sowing Hope

Opening: April 20, 2024

Ending: November 24, 2024

Organization: Crux Art Foundation

Place: Venezia, Palazzo Querini

Address: Calle Lunga San Barnaba 2691 - Venezia

Free Admission – Opening Hours: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM, closed on Tuesdays



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