In October 2007, João de Almeida exhibits his works in Beijing, in a joint exhibition together with the Chinese painter and calligrapher Wang Dongling. Promoted by the Portuguese Embassy in China, within the scope of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union, this exhibition aims to reflect an interchange of two cultures, assembling works of a European and a Chinese artist where interesting affinities can be found.
Wang Dongling, director of Modern Calligraphy Study Centre of China National Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou, won in the nineties great international projection, notably in the U.S.A., where he exhibited his works in more than twenty universities, like Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Minnesota. He participated worldwide in a great number of group exhibitions, like in the Guggenheim Museum, New York and Bilbao, in the British Museum and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (Wang Dongling.com).
Ambassador João de Deus Ramos,
João de Almeida leads us swiftly from the sensorial impact of his
Art to a profound assimilation of the telluric image it suggests to us,
while Wang Dongling breathes new life into one of the seminal emanations
of Chinese civilization – calligraphy -, moulding and expanding it
with unique creativity. A symbiosis of the two expressions becomes thus
naturally possible, leading to a peerless enrichment of aesthetic
José Luís Porfírio ,
The distant origin of these drawings lies in a body, a body that possesses
its very own gaze and sensitivity, walking by the sea, over and over again,
resulting in a landscape both recognisable and identifiable as a very concrete
spot on the Portuguese coast that the artist regularly visits.
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