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Rockbund Art Museum

Duan Jianyu and Hu Xiaoyuan

A Potent Force

HU XIAOYUAN, Wood/Thing/Nos. 1 & 2, 2012. Wood, Chinese ink, raw silk, white paint, dimensions variable. 

Courtesy Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai.

The exhibition “A Potent Force,” at Shanghai’s Rockbund Art Museum, pitted two female Chinese artists with seemingly opposing views. Hu Xiaoyuan is a conceptual artist who relies on subtle interventions. Duan Jianyu is an expressive, playful painter whose colorful works exhibit childlike qualities. The pairing, disparate in appearance, provided varied explorations of each artist’s emotional tapestry.

Hu’s minimal, enigmatic installations take time…

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