秦 风 QIN Feng

2023.2.4 – 3.18


The Wind Rises

Just when it felt like the days were getting shorter, the year rolled by and a new one came unceremoniously. This year, on my way home from Shanghai, I suffered an outbreak of the COVID-19,Although the test results is not positive, I had a high fever, cough and general weakness.

At the end of last year in Shanghai, I moved out of the studio where I had lived for 10 years, with a limited time to negotiate various matters such as the renewal of my contract. When I returned to Japan, the sudden tiredness I felt coming on convinced me. It was like a blank calendar with nothing written on it.

I was forced to cancel my trip to India due to the COVID-19,I haven’t been able to go to India for three years.

Mr. Qin Feng was born and raised in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and spent his university life in Shandong. After graduating, he lived and working as an artist in New York for many years, now based in Shanghai, where he exhibits his large-scale works in major galleries and museums in Europe and the United States. As Mr. Qin Feng’s first solo exhibition in Japan, I wanted to use his name as the inspiration for the theme of this exhibition, and at that moment the melody of “The Wind Rises” by Seiko Matsuda echoed in my mind. And “The Wind Rises” is also a famous movie by Studio Ghibli, The theme of this exhibition was decided. As the writer’s name suggests, just like the wind, spontaneous, easy-going and big-hearted, the attitude of those who come and those who go is presented in his works.


About the artist


QIN Feng 秦 风(b.1961)

Qin Feng is a leading international artist and one of the foremost representatives of China’s avant-garde movement.

He studied mural painting at the Shandong University of Art and Design in the early 1980s. He founded the Museum of Contemporary Art in Beijing in 2007 and began teaching at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 2008, Qin became a Harvard University research associate at the Fairbank Centre for Chinese Studies.

Qin focuses on calligraphy and traditional ink painting, merging Chinese calligraphic techniques with gestures from Western expressionism. For Qin, calligraphy is a motif to engage in broader dialogues, allowing him to question the past and the present, the conflict and concession of civilization, human desire, and to search for self-expression. Qin adopts the traditional mediums of ink and paper, adding elements such as coffee and tea to transform his self-produced linen paper into a golden tone that gives the effect of visual depth and serves as a metaphor for the fusion of the East and West. The thin red lines of paint that encircle the powerful black brushstrokes evoke arteries connecting the past and present and represent the interconnectivity of different cultures.

Qinfu’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In addition, it is in the collections of the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Asia and Pacific Museum, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, and the Yale University Art Museum.

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