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Exhibition: “The Tree and the Shadow” by Ricard Chiang

Exposición: “El árbol y la sombra” de Ricard Chiang - IMG 2

“The Tree and the Shadow" is an itinerant project that brings together different proposals by the artist, Ricard Chiang, and of the them is one presented at Casa Asia on this occasion. It is a unique installation made from materials such as rice paper, Chinese ink, charcoal, branches and coal.

The first exhibition was held at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Madrid, in September 2014, the second one was at Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur de Bonn, and later taken to Casal Solleric in Palma de Mallorca. Casa Asia has been in the origin of the project from the beginning and now a unique installation is added for Puríssima Pavilion of Sant Pau's Modernist Venue.

The artist has conceived a pictorial installation of ephemeral character, 40 m long by 3 m wide, whose symbolism is appreciated from the meaning given to the landscape and its manifestations. The rice pape roll is a support as a piece of fabric or physical emptiness over which a landscape image is registered, through Chinese ink and charcoal, together with dry branches and rubbish that contribute to generate with its energy the transformation of all natural elements.

Ricard Chiang (1966) is a Chinese origin artist from his father's side and Spanish from his mother's. He has lived in Mallorca for more than four decades, his adoption island, in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by almond trees, fig trees and vineyards. His project lies in the reunion of human being with nature and it turns to natural beauty, where the reason of his existence lies and of an artistic practice he develops where he has built his house.

His paintings, sculptures and installations are inseparable from this wild nature where they live like trees without name or age he sees everyday. The choice is not by chance, but a product of a deliberate will to live this way and work in this place outside the world, where the day is the day, the night is the night or the moon, moon on the horizon, where the drops of rain can be counted sliding from the roof and on the leaves of pine trees.

Chiang's work has a clear precedent in landscape painting that in China is one of the fundaments of the most ancient art. It consists of a practice that goes back to the 3rd century BC, even though until the 1st century BC it wasn't done on paper, coinciding with the development of Chinese calligraphy and the invention of rice paper.

Opening: Friday 20th of March2015, at 5.00pm

2015/03/20 > 2015/07/26

From the 21st of March to the 26th of July 2015

Visit timetable: Until the 29th of March (winter timetable). Mondays to Saturdays, from 10.00am to 2.00 pm and from 4.00 pm to 4.30pm. Sundays and public holidays, by 10.00am to 2.30pm

From the 30th of March (summer timetable): From Mondays to Saturdays, from 10.00am to 2.00 pm and from 3.00 pm to 6.30pm. Sundays and public holidays, from 10.00am to 2.30pm


Sant Pau's Modernist Venue
La Puríssima Pavilion
c/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
Opening day: free admission.
Admission from the 21st of March: 8 Euros (the price includes the visit to Sant Pau's Modernist Venue)
Casa Asia, Govern de les Illes Balears and Institut d'estudis baleàrics, in collaboration with Sant Pau's Modernist Venue, Chinese Cultural Centre in Madrid, Casal Solleric and Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur e.V. Bonn
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