PIFO Gallery is pleased to present Decade: Abstract Art 10. Since its founding in 2006, the discovery and exploration of abstract art and the promotion of it within the context of contemporary China, has been the sustaining motivation of the gallery.
In the first abstract art exhibition project in 2008, PIFO Gallery investigated themes leading Towards Post-Abstraction − promoting a group of artists with experimental approaches to abstract art of that period. In recent years, PIFO Gallery’s cooperation with more international artists has meant that this annual exhibition project is no longer confined to exploring the cultural identity of contemporary Chinese abstract art, but has expanded to allow the gallery to present the cultural collision and transnational inspirations seen in the abstract art that has developed in different contexts.
Among the artists participating in Decade: Abstract Art 10, many have been part of the PIFO Gallery project for a decade or more, engaging in ongoing research into the logic of abstraction while gradually developing a unique visual grammar. Inspired by the work of the French poet-philosopher Édouard Glissant (1928–2011) PIFO Gallery believes that in the face of homogenizing gloablisation a more nuanced approach should be taken to cultural exchange that does not obliterate but instead blends cultures to produce something different, something that can give rise to new ideas and new art forms.
This exhibition is a survey of PIFO Gallery’s explorations over the past decade as well as a marker of a new starting point.