Spread across three galleries in Zurich, London and Hong Kong, we see new works from Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi. Initially, you might think that London has lost out, because the largest works are in the other galleries, but in fact we have a case of ‘small is beautiful’ and the exhibition of his work in London shows the variety, the subtlety and the imagination of Zeng.
Zeng has taken over the two galleries of Hauser & Wirth in Savile Row with a variety of works from those that represent other artists and philosophers such as Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and Vincent Van Gogh, to the artist himself working in his studio. some with quite traditional frames that pushes the work back in time, some without frames bringing them into the present day, with a mixture of styles.
It is perhaps a sign of the growing importance, development and sophistication of Chinese art (which has always been there, but perhaps slumbering) that Hauser & Wirth has devoted so much gallery space to this important Chinese artist. Could there be a role for London in its new future after Brexit as the European hub for Chinese art?