Large canvases focused on a single subject, the Tibet, represented with great skill by the Chinese artist Han Yuchen as a pristine realm of physical and spiritual purity.
As a poet, as well as a painter, Yuchen - born in the province of Jilin in the 1954 - has in fact chosen to tell in his paintings the 'Roof of the world', a mysterious and fascinating land, known by him profoundly thanks to the many trips undertaken by the 1966, and identified as a spiritual 'non-place', symbol of a genuine and candid world in which to search for oneself, in a contemplative journey far from the noise of modernity.
"His favorite subjects come from the region of Tibet, from the large grassy plateaus and from the great snow-capped mountains - explains the art historian Cristina Acidini, curator of the exhibition at Palazzo Medici Riccardi - and in her many travels she has also studied the life of the local population, therefore shepherding, pilgrimages, monastic life and above all the presence of a widespread mysticism that also makes many moments of life common rich and dense from the spiritual point of view. All this has transferred him to these large canvases that take us on an imaginary journey through the four regions of Tibet and the many seasons of his wonderful nature ".
For his paintings Yuchen uses the technique of oil painting, certainly the most representative of Western art. A technique that the master has deliberately adopted compared to the traditional Chinese ink to make the figures more plastic, realistic and allow the viewer greater identification with the pure and crystalline atmosphere he represents.
"When I painted in Tibet I always wondered why human beings must live, why so many people are not happy and what is the destiny of life. - wants to tell us Han Yuchen - If you go to Tibet and find this purity of landscapes, this purity of characters, of people, maybe you can understand what you want and the reason for your existence ".
"China is a country that has a very deep culture and roots and I believe that this similarity, despite the cultural differences that distinguish us - observes Tommaso Sacchi, Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Florence - both the main reason why artists like the master Yuchen wanted to bring their first experiences and important retrospective monographic exhibitions right here, in the history of Florence ".
China in Tuscany, therefore, in a logic of exchange between two worlds that are geographically distant but close in spirit.
The exhibition, Han Yuchen. The realm of purity, visitable at Palazzo Medici Riccardi until 28 July 2019, is curated by Cristina Acidini, designed by Xiuzhong Zhang, promoted and realized by Zhong Art International, with the collaboration of the Academy of Design Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence and with the patronages of the Tuscany Region, the Municipality of Florence, the Metropolitan City and the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Florence.