2016/02/17

New Perfectionism Campaign 2010

 

Suzhou artist Max Ma and London painter Paul Lisak - masters of the New Perfectionism movement - are featured in the opening exhibition of the YI Shanghai Art Museum in the Bridge 8.

The fine art museum recently changed it's name from the No. 1 Art Museum.

Ma's and Lisak's works are considered homage to the old masters of the 16th and 17th centuries, combining traditional technique with modern themes and sensibility. Lisak has been called the "Titian for a new generation."

The exhibition is titled "New Perfectionism."

"This new art concept believes the soul derives from a pristine heart and then naturally the purity will illustrate the subject in its truest form, even beyond perfection," says Jessica Tsai, executive director and chief creator of the museum.

Ma, who lives in Shanghai, was born in Suzhou and spent eight years in the small city famous for delicate bridges, meandering canals, merry lanterns and, of course, gardens.

A photographer, painter and sculptor, Ma says, "I will never be restricted by one method of expression, nor be defined under any one generic term." If he were to describe himself in a single word, it would be "artist."

Compared with Ma, contemporary UK artist Lisak is more interested in depicting people. He challenges the old masters with his adroit grasp of color and texture.

The Art Deco-style YI Shanghai Art Museum covers 3,000 square meters and uses the latest high-tech facilities for exhibitions.

"We hope that YI Shanghai Art Museum will become a landmark in the city's art map," says Tsai.

Date: through January 29, 10am-7pm

Address: 1 Jianguo Rd M.

Tel: 5465-7111