Vad händer i Stockholm

21/6-11/7 – Meetings – an sculpture exhibition where East meets West

A unique artistic rencontre, Meetings, will be shown at the China Cultural Centre in Stockholm from June 20 to July 11 (address: Västra Trädgårdsgatan 2, at the Royal Gardens, Kungsträdgården).

Meetings brings together:
¥ three generations of jade artists;
¥ two generations of ceramists; and
¥ one bronze sculptor from the shores of Lake Hjälmaren, outside Arboga.

Swedish artistic language meets Chinese jade – the expressive stone, so rich in colors – and the rituals of the Chinese tea ceremony by way of meticulously designed teapots.

The ten jade artworks have been shown in Stockholm before, in Millesgården, and the public can now meet them in the China Cultural Centre. These jade sculptures have a value of tens of millions of crowns but they are never for sale.

In China, works by famous jade sculptors are worth more than if they were made of gold. One reason is that any mistake is irreparable, while gold can always be remade. The art of jade creation is often transmitted from one generation to another. One of the works shown here, God of Longevity, is made by father and son together.

How to reach contentment? is the question. The visitor is invited to follow the development of artistic means of expression from the father’s spirituality to the son’s matter-of-factness, all framed by the small things of everyday life. It is a good idea to bring a magnifying glass to be able to detect all minuscule details.

Meetings shows the ties between generations. In China, the bonds between generations stretches far beyond death, like here. The oldest jade artist is deceased, but the three sculptors are regarded as one single person, more or less. Still, we see here three jade artists:

Lin Ruikui
Lin Bocheng
Linchen Mengyang

In the same way, the two generations of ceramists are seen as one and the same. For millions of Chinese, the tea ceremony has a deep and almost ritual significance. The two artists are:

Wang Jinchuan
Wang Yaonan

The Swedish Sculptor Richard Brixel is showing sixteen bronze works, models for larger sculptures installed in public places in China where he has worked for nearly twenty years. Brixel bronzes are to be found in many Swedish towns and in several museums and collections in and outside Sweden. Large public works by Brixel can be seen in Germany, the Netherlands, China and Canada.

His best-known works are Ronnie Peterson in Örebro, Dream close to the Bird’s Nest in the Olympic Park in Beijing, and on the World Heritage Site at L’Anse aux Meadows on Newfoundland, Canada. The Icelandic film producer Kristjan Sigurjonsson followed Brixel’s work in Sweden, Germany and China during one year. The film, Skulptören Brixel (”The Sculptor Brixel”), can be seen on SVT Play.

The exposing artists will be present at the opening of the exhibition on Wednesday, June 20 at 2 p.m. (14,00 hours), when Chinese ambassador Gui Congyou will inaugurate.

The media are also welcomed on Tuesday, June 19 from 9.30 p.m. onwards, when the exhibition will be mounted.

From June 21 to July 11, the exhibition will be open to the public on weekdays (Mo–Fr) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.