Chinese artist Fu Wenjun at the Triennial of Contemporary Art in Verona, Italy

Vittorio Sgarbi, Italian famous art historian, art critic cut the ribbon of Triennial of Contemporary Art in Verona at 16:00 on Thursday, June 9. The Chinese artist Fu Wenjun was invited to exhibit his conceptual photography works at this big art event of 2016.

Vittorio Sgarbi and Fu Wenjun
Shakespeare in Art Award FU WENJUN
Fu Wenjun's works on show 1
Fu Wenjun's works on show 2
Fu Wenjun and his work lovers

Mr. Sgarbi, curator of Italian Pavilion at 54th Venice Biennale, visited the Triennial after the opening. He carefully watched the conceptual photography works of artist Fu Wenjun and communicated with the artist. Your photography works own the painting-like color and texture, Mr Sgarbi said, the conceptual photography to you is an independent and unique 'painting'. Good art works, like Mr. Fu’s, should not only be beautiful, what’s more important is the thinking flowing inside the works.

Fu Wenjun, an emblematic representative of the current conceptual art. Interpreter of conceptual photography, Mr. Fu tackles strictly cultural issues such as the Eastern and Western history, the heritage of traditional Chinese culture in a rapidly changing society, the relationship between different cultures in the age of globalization, industrialization and urbanization in Chinese cities. He believes that conceptual photography is the channel through which the artist communicates his vision.

This time Fu Wenjun’s works on show, like 350 B.C., Among the Clouds, Food is the God of People, No Realms etc. have explored the relationship between different cultures in the age of globalization.

In the occasion of Triennial, the artist Fu Wenjun received a special award, "Shakespeare in Art" International Contemporary Art Award, in recognition of his unique artistic style, outstanding artistic contribution, and his participation at Triennial as one of the most important invited artists.

Fu Wenjun (www.fuwenjun.com), a creative genius who received the 1st Prize of Digital Art at the 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Argentina, the "prize for best artist in the world" to the Great Universal Exhibition in Paris, the award "Lorenzo il Magnifico” at the Florence Biennale and the 55th Venice Biennale has been the invited artist of the collateral exhibition titled “Voice of the Unseen Chinese Independent Art 1979 / Today”.

His works are exhibited among the great collections of the Today Art Museum in Beijing, the Summer Palace, the Old Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art in Tokyo, the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Center, the Aldo Castillo Gallery, the Chongqing Art Museum , the Dazu Grotto Museum, the Office of the United Nations in New York, the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN) etc.