This solo exhibition consists in a series of paintings surveying the development of his practice from Tu’s sardonic early cityscapes to his recent synthesis of Chinese and Western painting traditions. Tu Hongtao describes the painting process as “finding philosophical insights from traditional poetry”.
The selected paintings occupy the entire ground floor of Lévy Gorvy’s gallery and it also includes loans by other museums as well as by other important private collections from mainland China and Hong Kong.
In addition to the oil paintings, several works on paper that outline Tu’s conceptual process will guide viewers into an understanding of his aesthetic. The exhibition will also feature a short film directed by Wang Yu, incorporating a deconstructed visual language. The film is intended to initiate a dialogue between Tu’s creative process, personal background, and striking works of art