LIULI at Musee de l'Hotel Gouin
500-year anniversary, a conversation on glass heritage And the confluence of East and West
When Loretta H. Yang and Chang Yi first stepped foot in Tours last month on invitation to open for what was the 500th anniversary of an ancient art heritage site, they were swept but unsurprised at the history of the place. When asked about their first impression, Yang and Chang both replied that it is immediately noticeable as a land of art revival. And that, further yet, it truly is a garden of self-discovery where people who, through the struggle of contemplating the world, inspire the most genius of artistic creativity. On April 20th, as the pair of Chinese glass maestros met with Antoine Leperlier for the second time in a year, this is the conversation that opened an unforgettable exhibit.
Located in the UNESCO-named world heritage site of Tours, Hotel Gouin attracts all manners of brilliant minds from across the globe. The 15th century building is redolent with details from a period of prolific art revival. And since the opening of the exhibit in April, eighteen of Yang and Chang’s best pieces have been on display in the building.
Artworks at the Exhibition
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About the Artist: Loretta Yang & Chang Yi
While Antoine Leperlier’s panache indubitably inspires the awe in onlookers, Yang and Chang contrast in the quiet power of their contemplative work. With thirty years of continual creativity and failure as well as both success and rejection in the art world, the two masters bring astonishing achievements and deep life philosophies that culminate in this international discussion on heritage, contemporaneity, and a confluence of East and West.
When asked about their views on this cross-cultural exchange, Yang and Chang replied that: Yes, art is indeed an integral aspect of culture—culture is heritage, and it is life. Therefore, art must have relevancy in its age and must be deeply connected to the life that the artists’ have led. After two lifetimes of continual labor and painstaking effort to bring Chinese glass art to the modern and global arena, Yang and Chang can safely say that they are proud to have brought the beauty of liuli art this far.
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