The Circular Ruins | Wen Wu: Shanghai

13 November - 31 December 2016

The Circular Ruins: Wen Wu

Curatorial Statement


In recent years, rediscovering the essence of painting has become a trend globally. Correspondingly, artists who come from different cultural contexts have begun to explore diversified artistic languages and develop intertwined painting styles with their independence.


Modernism and Postmodernism have significantly impacted painting and inspired art revolution profoundly. From Abstract Expressionism, Formalism to Imagism; from Structuralism, Postmodernism, Mixed Media to New Realism, New Expressionism and New Image Painting; from the diversified development of art to the big influence of Conceptual Art, all of these genres and trends construct the basic features of the 20th century painting.


As a new exploration, the Untitled 2016 Series of Wen Wu also directly confronts the historical context and the self-awareness of contemporary painting. The academic experience in Düsseldorf State Arts Academy has deeply affected Wen Wu’s art and left the impact of Neo-impressionism. Through powerful expressions, his art conveys a real sense of perception as well as impression.


By utilizing colors through a strong and even violent technique, Wen Wu’s painting creates an independent language within his subjects and images. The method of alteration, overturning and overlapping constructs the main body of Wen Wu’s creation, through which, transferring the very presence and existence of the artist. The sensorial energy and the possible passion explicit reveal the fragile body perception that hide behind Wen Wu’s subjects; also, generate the weak, scared, anxious but still repetitive ruins of image.


Dai Zhuoqun



Opening Reception: 2016.11.12  Saturday  5-7 PM