Between Cities and Private Spaces

Xu Zhen's site-specific installation for Natuzzi Italia

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Between Cities and Private Spaces
28/11/2018 - Natuzzi Italia presents “City Carnival”, an installation by Chinese artist Xu Zhen at the Jing An Kerry Center during the third edition of the Salone del Mobile.Milano Shanghai 2018.
 
The site-specific installation is a deep contemplation on art and living and a reflection on the relationship between cities and private spaces. The installation is part of Xu Zhen’s philosophical and artistic research, in which dazzling, colourful scenes of modern cities and relaxing nature harmonize and generate endless fantasies and in which diversity, openness, inclusion, design and inspiration illuminate daily life and warm up the environment like a ray of light.
“City Carnival”, Xu Zhen for Natuzzi Italia

“City Carnival”, Xu Zhen for Natuzzi Italia

The sofa and accessories from the Icon collection, the Phantom table and Frida chair, are in a “room” made of coloured wood in organic, linear shapes: Under Heaven, a series of large-format paintings made with multi-coloured paints meticulously distributed on the canvas to create a substantial mixture that extends into the space. The work symbolizes a dense, impenetrable landscape, an aerial view of a flourishing city.
“City Carnival”, Xu Zhen for Natuzzi Italia

“City Carnival”, Xu Zhen for Natuzzi Italia

Xu Zhen is a central figure in the new generation of Chinese artists. His extensive artistic work encompasses photography, installations, performances, videos and painting. A conceptual artist, he incorporates humour and social criticism in his works, focusing on human sensitivity and dramatizing the monotony of urban life. Xu Zhen has earned himself the reputation of being an irreverent artist due to the way he tackles socio-political taboos in contemporary China, freely manipulating Western expectations about Chinese art and its market.
 
The “City Carnival” installation is part of the larger “Open Art in Harmony” project launched last May in Shanghai and is the last stage of eleven travelling events which, from June to October 2018, brought art inside Natuzzi Italia stores throughout China.
 
Coinciding with the presentation of the “City Carnival” installation, the Re-thinking Re-vive project, arrives in Shanghai after London, New York and Milan. Re-vive, an iconic Natuzzi Italia product with a reclining system, was presented in Shanghai through original reinterpretations by two Chinese artists: Henry Han (oil painting and splash artist) and NONO (illustration and graffiti artist). The artists staged a live and interactive performance and the Re-vive armchair became a canvas with a dense texture.
Re-thinking Re-vive project, NONO

Re-thinking Re-vive project, NONO

“City Carnival”, Xu Zhen for Natuzzi Italia

“City Carnival”, Xu Zhen for Natuzzi Italia

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“City Carnival”, Xu Zhen for Natuzzi Italia

“City Carnival”, Xu Zhen for Natuzzi Italia

“City Carnival”, Xu Zhen for Natuzzi Italia

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