与园林邂逅——当代艺术展

Close Encounters with the Garden:a Contemporary Art Exhibition


张 晴

  园林——苏州城市中最美的女儿,体现了中国传统文化城市的经典美学, 承载着苏州历代文人的浪漫情怀。古典园林与苏州文化的独特性密不可分,可以说,这一“时间飞地”是外界识别苏州的标志,交织着历代园主们心灵的时空线索,蕴含着这座城市的历史文化密码。

  本次“与园林邂逅——当代艺术展”以“多重时间”——种崭新的世界史观重返苏州园林,溯源建园者们的殚思极虑和澎湃的精神世界,跨越时空的起伏,演绎含蓄且隽永的苏州文化之底色,映带古往今来苏州文人名流的精神载体。本次展览更是为了发现“历史的邂逅”与“时间的交错和延伸”。对园林的探索和再现将勾连、重合、离散苏州时间、天下时间及其世界时间。苏州园林潜藏的诉求与文人园主的精神,以及他们在各自时代心神恍惚的心灵表达、梦想与失落,托付于园名的傲骨与禅机,成就了意外的“天下”文化的潺潺活源。如果将这样的心灵与创造,这样的潺潺活源放在世界史、全球史的时间和空间双重视阈下,又会散发出什么样的光芒,碰撞出什么样的历史图景?

  “与园林邂逅——当代艺术展”是“2016年首届苏州文献展”系列展之一。这里展出的作品,带着当代艺术的视角与对当代性的思考,恂恂重访双塔、朴园及更为私密的园林。在这些见证千年姑苏历史文化变迁与发展的场所,“多重时间”的展览主题和方法,将使当代艺术作品与园林邂逅,发明陌生的“在场”,使多样的艺术样式与媒介在与园林邂逅的瞬间,相互问候、相互动情、相互激活。

2016年大暑于北京


Close Encounters with the Garden: a Contemporary Art Exhibition

Zhang Qing

  The Garden: most beautiful daughter of Suzhou City, which perfectly epitomizes the classic aesthetic of the Chinese traditional cultural city and the romantic perceptions of ancient literati. The Classical garden and Suzhou’s unique culture are closely intertwined. “Time and the Mind: The Garden and the Imperial Court” is Suzhou’s call to the outside world, combining with Garden owners’ spiritual take on space and time, while also embedded within history and the cultural codes of the city.

  “Close Encounters with the Garden: a Contemporary Art Exhibition” together with “The Multiplicity of Time”, offers a new view of global history revisited in the Suzhou Garden. It goes back to the source of the daring endeavors and spiritual power of the Garden owners; it engages with the flux of historical time, grounding Suzhou culture in a subtle, imperceptible way, then reflecting upon its existence through distinguished personalities, including the literati through the ages.

  The exhibition also and more importantly aims to re-encounter history and to discover crossovers and extensions across time. The representation and exploration of Garden will connect, fuse and disperse the relationship of Suzhou Time, Imperial Time and Global Time. As the implications of the Suzhou Garden spread, along with its owners’ sprits, their conscious wandering through the river of time, their unconcscious dreams and the pride and wisdom of Zen are concealed in the name of the Garden – up to the present. Such subtle elements feed into an endless resource for history — versus the revelation of now, the sudden moment, under today’s sun. Just imagine what would happen if we put similar mental strength, similar creativity into world history, global time and space. What kind of shining glory would be revealed? What historical moment would explode ?

  “Close Encounters with the Garden: a Contemporary Art Exhibition” is part of the first “Suzhou Documents” exhibition of 2016. With contemporary art perspectives and ways of thinking, the artworks here invite the the viewer to revisit the Twin tower, Pu Garden and other private gardens. With “The Multiplicity of Time” as the theme and method of the exhibition, contemporary artworks meet the ancient Garden. In the area which has witnessed a thousand years of Suzhou’s history, developments and vicissitudes, an unfamiliar “present” is beginning to surface. Various forms and media encounter the ancient Garden as they collide, activate and indeed greet each other in this snapshot of times.

Great Heat in Beijing, 2016

狮子头

Stone in the shape of a lion head


罗汉殿遗址:石台

Site of the Arhat Hall: stone terraces


罗汉殿遗址:石柱

Site of the Arhat Hall: stone pillars


双塔胜景

Twin-pagoda