Fabienne Verdier - Crossing Signs
Le French May
DATE & TIME
13 MAY - 8 JUN
10AM - 8PM (DAILY)
Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong
Twenty years after her first exhibition in Hong Kong, Fabienne Verdier returns with a retrospective exhibition that traces her career from her initial, classical calligraphy right through to the major works that have seen her receive international acclaim.
A prize-winning graduate from Toulouse Art School, Verdier went to Sichuan in 1983 to be taught by the Grand Master Calligraphers, who were casualties of the Cultural Revolution. She has innovated, going so far as to bind the hair from 35 horse tails in one immense brush that holds 60 litres of ink. It is so heavy that she had to invent a special system to keep the brush suspended whilst allowing it freedom of movement.
Latterly, with Chinese painting techniques in mind, Verdier has reinterpreted the works of the great Flemish masters which enabled her to find a spectacular, innovative reading of their work for her latest exhibition in Belgium at the Groeninge Museum in Bruges, to which visitors flocked. Le French May Arts Festival is honoured to present work that is both steeped in Chinese culture and a forerunner in western contemporary art, to the Hong Kong public.
Image courtesy of Fabienne Verdier, Le French May