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Li Chevalier’s Exhibition atthe Museum of Oriental Art in Venice

I Hear the Water Dreaming: A Solo Exhibition by Li Chevalier at the Museum of Oriental Art in Venice

The Museum of Oriental Art in Venice presents “I Hear the Water Dreaming”, a solo exhibition featuring the work of French-Chinese artist Li Chevalier. Curated by Paolo De Grandis and Carlotta Scarpa, the exhibition runs from May 1 to September 15, 2024, at Ca’ Pesaro in Venice. Visitors can explore this exhibition Tuesday through Sunday, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Li Chevalier was born in 1961 in Beijing (北京) and has established a significant presence in the international art scene. Educated in Philosophy at Sorbonne University in Paris, Chevalier’s artistic journey began in the 1980s when she moved to Europe. Her early experiences in Venice were transformative, leading her to pursue further studies in drawing, engraving, and classical painting in Italy, before completing a post-graduate degree in contemporary art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Li Chevalier’s work is characterized by her innovative use of traditional Chinese ink painting on canvas, combined with European artistic techniques such as collage and textural manipulation.

The exhibition, titled after Tōru Takemitsu’s piece “I Hear the Water Dreaming”, features thirty ink-on-canvas works that pay homage to Venice, a city pivotal to Chevalier’s artistic development. The exhibition space not only showcases her latest artworks but also includes a site-specific installation that dialogues with the museum’s extensive collection of Asian art. This setup provides a unique narrative bridge between the permanent collection and the temporary exhibition, enhancing the visitor’s experience.

Under the scientific direction of Marta Boscolo Marchi and with contributions from noted art critics Olivier Kaeppelin and Tao Wang, the exhibition offers a profound exploration of Chevalier’s artistic contributions. Kaeppelin, known for his work with the Maeght Foundation and Palais de Tokyo, and Wang, the Director of the Asian Art Department at the Art Institute of Chicago, provide critical insights that enrich the understanding of Chevalier’s work.

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