Sanlorenzo returns to Art Basel Hong Kong, the oriental edition of the most important international modern and contemporary art fair which will take place from 21 to 25 March 2023. Sanlorenzo will present an unprecedented work executed by artist Li Qing entitled “Landscape with Lighthouses”. Curated by Flash Art, the work was made possible thanks to the support of the Almine Rech Gallery, Paris London.
For Sanlorenzo, Li Qing has created a completely original work that reflects the relationship between humanity and nature. The connection between Sanlorenzo and Li Qing brings a new light on the seascape and the world of navigation, through the study and the different perspectives of the lighthouse form.
“Landscape with Lighthouses” is a unique work created using a window salvaged from an old building in the Chinese city, which serves to support the entire structure of the painting. Geometrical panels in the shape of a pinwheel are superimposed on a reproduction of the harbour; the different aesthetics of architecture and the sea, order and landscape, are delineated through the grid of the window. The lighthouse depicted in the centre of the work recalls the entrance to Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, interpreted with a modernist aesthetic. The font of this modelling indicates the relationship between man’s industrial rationality and nature: the lighthouse, standing between the two, becomes a unit of measurement for evaluating and dividing two worlds, but is at the same time a symbol of surveillance and of travelling from one place to another.
The entire layout of the lounge emphasises a geometric sensibility. The macro-spatial perceptions of the city and nature constantly communicate the work. In the conflict and reverberation between artifice and nature, the beauty of colour and structure leads us to an unknown utopia. Dual worlds intertwine: futuristic, utopian, vertiginous architecture is traced by the geometry of the wooden structures, defined by the human brain.
Li Qing‘s work is part of the study initiated by Sanlorenzo through the arts and projected into the future. This ongoing enquiry has led the shipyard to create Sanlorenzo Arts, an interactive collection of works and projects spanning the most important themes of everyday life: sustainability, the environment, technology, nature, the sea and, above all, mankind, are addressed in original and resourceful ways, thanks to the sensitivity of artists, designers, architects and creative people.
Sanlorenzo thus navigates the horizons of the present using the imagination, discovering new territories and new oceans thanks to the nautical charts provided by art and contemporaneity.
Li Qing was born in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province in 1981. He lives and works in Hangzhou and Shanghai. His paintings, installations and video works seek rational fractures in similarity and contradiction, acting on the viewer’s perception and recognition through tortuous and overlapping structures. In recent years, his works have traced the historical fragmentation and ideological conflicts that occur widely in the dissemination of information, collective memory and knowledge experiences. At the same time, his works test the tension and contradiction between image-language, symbol and social space, connecting the multi-layered elements of experience in series to construct a conflicting structure. Capturing micropolitics in everyday spaces and images, questioning political identity in the aesthetic tradition, and observing the identity of Chinese art in the context of global art, reflect his historical consciousness among the young generation of Chinese artists. Li Qing graduated from the Oil Painting Department of the China Academy of Art in 2007.
Some of his solo exhibitions: Rongzhai of Fondazione Prada, Shanghai, China; Pingshan Art Museum, Shenzhen, China;
Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China; Centro d’Arte Tomás y Valiente (CEART), Madrid, Spain; Museo Arario, Seoul, Korea; Oriente Foundation, Macao, China; Goethe Institute, Shanghai, China; among others.
Sanlorenzo Arts is a platform dedicated to navigating the complexity of the present through creativity and innovation. It is an active and interactive channel for projects that address the most topical issues in the most original ways, thanks to the sensitivity of artists, designers, thinkers and creatives. Sanlorenzo Arts has embarked on a voyage of continuous encounters and discoveries, which encourages the construction of meaning and value, to set sail for new latitudes. Sanlorenzo has created a stable instrument of investigation that offers new points of view, exploring themes such as sustainability, the environment, research, technology, nature and above all the human being, all through the eyes, poetry and wonder of the arts.
Flash Art is an international magazine and publishing house dedicated to contemporary art, founded in 1967. In its 55-year history, the magazine has recorded the evolution of the system, art history criticism, geopolitical changes, artistic movements and visual culture. Flash art is an active seismograph of contemporaneity directed and published by Gea Politi and Cristiano Seganfreddo.
Sanlorenzo. The world’s first monobrand shipyard in the production of yachts and superyachts, Sanlorenzo has a tradition of more than 60 years in the production of motor yachts of an out-of-the-ordinary quality, the result of a combination of craftsmanship, design and advanced technology, tailor-made according to the owner’s specific requirements.
Under the management of Cavalier Massimo Perotti, who has been with the company since 2005, the yard has experienced extraordinary growth. The strong impulse towards innovation that has characterised the company’s vision has allowed the company to create numerous innovative solutions over the years that have profoundly changed the yachting world, such as the innovative asymmetrical layout or the introduction of the open space concept on board. Fundamental in this sense has been the opening to the world of design and architecture through collaboration with authoritative signatures such as Rodolfo Dordoni, Citterio Viel, Piero Lissoni (since 2018 the company’s Art Director), Patricia Urquiola and Studio Liaigre.
From the unique and innovative approach that has driven Sanlorenzo to embrace new creative languages and connect with the world of art comes Sanlorenzo Arts, an active and interactive medium for projects related to these worlds, addressing current issues in original and resourceful ways and acting as a true producer of culture and design. Over the years, Sanlorenzo’s actions and collaborations have moved at an international level, leading the company to collaborate with important cultural institutions such as La Triennale di Milano, with the installation “Sanlorenzo: Il mare a Milano”, which won the Compasso d’Oro ADI 2020; Tornabuoni Arte; FuoriSalone, with the iconic installation “From shipyard to courtyard” curated by Piero Lissoni; and Art Basel, of which it is global host partner, which at each edition presents a project commissioned by the shipyard and realised by an international artist. Since 2020 Sanlorenzo has also been Institutional Patron of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the most important museum in Italy for 20th century European and American art.
In 2022 Sanlorenzo decided to support the Italian art system by participating as main sponsor of the Italian Pavilion at the 59. International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, a unique opportunity as well as an extraordinary achievement for the shipyard, the first in the world to actively engage in promoting and disseminate contemporary art.
You are kindly invited to join us at Sanlorenzo’s Lounge for an interesting insight into the artist’s work and his sources of inspiration for “Landscape with Lighthouses”.
Champagne Aperitif with Li Qing on Wednesday 22nd March 2023 at 4.00 pm
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org, +852 9191 6315
30th March 2023
27th February 2023
26th January 2023