Chinese sculptor and Guangzhou Sculpture Academy President, Xu Hongfei has taken his “Chubby Women” to London for an exhibition that the organizers say “is designed to promote cultural exchange between host countries and China.”
The well-known Chinese sculptor believes “art should be fun and amusing”—hence the existence of the sculptures portraying joyful, plump women doing funny exercises. He has been exhibiting the exuberant bronze/white marble women around the world from Melbourne to Sicily in the form of a travelling exhibition, with the aim of portraying simple daily life in China, claiming that “his interest is in the simple, ordinary, and everyday pleasures in which his subjects find happiness.”
According to Want China Times, “two exhibitions of Xu’s sculptures will also be held in the Italian cities of Turin and Milan this month.”
The media and critics in London questioned whether it was plain middle-class art or an exhibition with a political message, considering the installment was unveiled in London in conjunction with the Tiananmen anniversary. It’s most likely not the case, as several images show Xu beside his exhibits in London, proving that, unlike Ai Weiwei, the sculptor still has his passport and the Government’s support to exhibit abroad.
By Andreea Dragut
[Photos via FAD]