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Massimo De Carlo Gallery Hong Kong Presents Roland Flexner – Ai Weiwei 21 March 2017 – 14 May 2017

February 28, 2017 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

Welcoming art aficionados from around the world that flock to the city as art season descends upon Hong Kong, Massimo De Carlo is pleased to announce that on the 20th of March 2017 it will present in Hong Kong a unique exhibition that will bring together for the first time the work of Roland Flexner and Ai Weiwei. The dual-artist exhibition will open at the Hong Kong gallery space in time for Art Week and will run from 20 March 2017 to 14 May 2017.

The two artists first crossed paths in New York in the 80s and have since developed an on-going friendship. In this exhibition, Roland Flexner’s iconic ink paintings will be shown together with a body of work by Ai Weiwei, which will be exhibited here for the first time and includes a series of paintings tracing back to his days in New York.

Ai Weiweis intimate homage to the delicacy of the human condition, composed of a set of porcelain bones arranged in a vitrine, will be shown alongside a new Lego work created for the exhibition and a never before seen body of work, which revolves around the notion of painting.

Roland Flexner


Gold Calligraphy ink and sumi on paper

A series of 10 drawings, each drawing measures 22.8 x 30.5 cm

Courtesy Massimo De Carlo Milan/London/Hong Kong

In each of the square black paintings, dating back to the early 90s, Ai Weiwei has removed parts of the acrylic painting exposing the paint below. This gesture is key in this series, where the rhythmic revealing of the paint underneath the surface questions the role of traditional painting. 

Roland Flexners two series of ink drawings presented in the exhibition are part of his iconic body of work.  In these carefully crafted drawings, the artist explores how chance can interfere with creation, by developing a series of unique techniques that avoids direct contact between him and the paper. Flexner uses manipulation, breath, water or gravity in order to move the ink on the paper, pushing the final results into pictorial dimensions, documenting the potential of the material and the control of the gesture. 

Caption: Ai Weiwei                                                       Roland Flexner

Both artists are united by an exploration of the limits of painting and of what stands beyond those limits, where gestures and different techniques broaden the horizon of material potential and the narratives embedded in the material itself.

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