The Beautiful Times
—European Classical Art Exchange
At 3pm on October 18th, 2014, the exhibition named “The Beautiful Times—European Classical Art Exchange” will be inaugurated at Beijing 1+1 Art Centre. The exhibition will be open from October 18th, 2014 to January 3rd, 2015. During this period, related events and activities such as European classical furniture appreciation, art salon, wine party , film screening, and series of lectures will also be held.
In the 18th and 19th Century, Paris was not only the culture capital of Europe, but also the center of its luxuries. The complex and ornate interior decoration in the Palace of Versailles had become the necessity of a high-qualitied life, while the “Royal Style” and the “French Style”from Paris had swept and spread to the whole European continent.
Being an era of dramatic change, this beautiful time with unrestrained thought reflected both the life style of the imperial court, and the innovation and creativity brought by the industrial revolution. The great French artisans in the 19th Century inherited the 17th and 18th art salons and made their own innovation on this basis. Such innovation reminds people of the heyday of the Kangxi period of Qing Dynasty. The Chinese artisans at that time mastered the same talent and skill to foster and enhance the great craft s from Song Dynasty and Ming Dynasty.
As the taste of art and the demand of life of the Chinese elite class are increasing, the art works bearing the essence of European culture, have once again entered into our vision and brought us the indelible memory of time
Odes to Figures: Exhibition of
Jean Cardot’s Sculptures
On September 6th, 2015, “Odes to Figures: Exhibition of Jean Cardot’s Sculptures” , co-hosted by Beijing 1+1 Art Centre and Envy Fine Arts Culture Co., Ltd., was inaugurated at Beijing 1+1 Art Centre. As the first solo exhibition the famous French sculptor held in China, more than 50 masterpieces were selected to represent his career for more than 60 years. Each piece of work not only carries the historical connotation of specific times, but also reflects the artistic trend and style characteristics of the time. These masterpieces contain one or more stories, which include the contents of the works, the artist’s own story and the information the artist hopes to convey through the works. These works are milestones in the world history of sculpture, and will surely be welcomed by the Chinese audience. The holding of this exhibition will leave indelible mark in the history of Sino-French cultural exchange.
Jean Cardot was born on July 20, 1930 in Saint-Etienne, France. He had studied in fine arts academies in Saint-Etienne, Lyon and École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris. After graduation, he had been teaching at École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon and École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris. He was elected member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts on November 9, 1983 and president in 1992 and 1997. He does not belong to any trend, any genre, and as long as he feels appropriate, he is ready to return to the figurative creation at any time. He has created over 70 commemorative works in France, Poland, and Canada. His work “Torch of Freedom” in Paris at the residence of United States ambassador to France concentrated his own art expression.He is best known for his statues in Paris of Thomas Jefferson (on the Left Bank of the Seine), Sir Winston Churchill and of General Charles de Gaulle (on the Champs-Elysées). His works express the implied meaning of fighting for freedom.