Touring Exhibition by Ai Jing

Curated by Chen Lusheng

June 5 – September 5, 2015

Curated by Chen Lusheng, the Deputy Director of the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Dialogues is the third stop of Ai Jing’s touring exhibition, and she will present her diverse aesthetic expressions that have extended to the ancient city of Milan. This exhibition is a continuation after her exhibitions at the NAMOC and the Art Museum of China in Shanghai.

 The works on view created a “dialogue” with the selected masterpieces of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, emphasizing on the ability of art to surpass time and to connect the East and the West in a cultural and religious way.

The exhibition opens with “three dialogues and nine works”, spread out at five different gallery spaces.

Grounded on industrial elements, Ai Jing’s sound installation To Da Vinci converses with the Portrait of a Musician by Leonardo da Vinci. Ai Jing has created a piece of music based on the illegible music sheet in the portrait and produced a mechanical model made of gears which makes pleasant music as it turns. This is Ai Jing’s tribute to Da Vinci.

The second dialogue is based on more natural elements. In the new series Walking in the Sun, Ai Jing converses with the 16th century master Jan Brueghel, in particular with his work Vase of Flowers with Jewelry, coins and shell. After admiring this work, Ai Jing was deeply moved and inspired to explore further passionately. Her new series Walking in the Sun has been acclaimed domestically and internationally. Critics believe that she has moved away from the pop art language to a more personalized aesthetic language. The visual effect is dazzling yet retaining the traces of her craftsmanship. Ai Jing believes that the pursuit of colors is the pursuit of light.

In the third dialogue, Ai Jing created a sculptural work through 3-D printing in the shape of hand prayers using her own hand as model. This work, Ai Pray, converses with the sculpture Pray by Micotti in the Ambrosiana’s permanent collection. Ai Jing thinks that technology and the creation of new materials are tied closely to the artistic imagination.


Dialogues by Ai Jing
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Piazza Pio XI 2, Milano
June 5 – September 5, 2015
Admission included in the museum ticket
Opening hours:
Everyday from 10 am to 6 pm