X+Q @ ENTRATALIBERA

X+Q Art @ ENTRATALIBERA for Fuori Salon 2013

Milan Invitation

Following phenomenal success in China and at London Design Festival last year, X+Q Art, which produces limited edition artworks based on the large scale sculptures by the art duo Xiang and Qu, will take part in a showcase exhibition On the Road, alongside international design visionaries Michael Young and Lapo Ciatti, at Milan Design Week this year. The showcase, which takes place at ENTRATALIBERA, known as Design Glamour Store, an 800sqm conceptual design gallery space, will also feature the two artists’ stunning original sculptures.

Showcase details

X+Q Art at ENTRATALIBERA Fuorisalone, 9th – 27th April

Reception: 11th April, 19.00

Address: Corso Indipendenza, 16, 20129 Milan, Italy

Phone: +39 02 7000 6147

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The Revolutionary

If you put one drop into the long river of human history. That’s immortal. That goes on waves after waves, drop after drop, long after you know it or don’t know it. That’s nothing to do wether you are aware of it. Your contribution is your immortality that something lasts. So you either make a difference or you don’t make a difference. In that case you just a piece of mud that swipes away. It doesn’t matter, but you can matter.

Sidney Rittenberg making history?

Yeah, history rode right over my body…

The Revolutionary, a documentary made by Stourwater Pictures

 

As someone who lives a parallel life between China and the UK, I cannot claim to be a total outsider or insider in either cultural scene. Instead I have split identities, loyalties to peoples and values on both sides of the globe.

It is encouraging and refreshing to see Sidney Rittenberg, an extraordinary American, who were trying to build a bridge between China and the US during the Cold War, has done it so brilliantly at the Chinese centre of power, despite of a few major mistakes he made along the way.

Now age 92, this remarkable man still has his belief as being a ‘revolutionary’ – as Mao said, ‘a revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another’.

I’m looking forward to the surreal moment when he appears on a Skype video telling his story to the audience across the ocean in 2013.

Events & Reviews

Financial Times Review “The Man Who Made Friends with Mao” by Jonathan Margolis

Pan-Asia Film Festival UK screening ‘The Revolutionary’ documenary, Asia House, 14 March 2013

Live Q&A with Sir John Boyd and Dr Julia Lovell