Private Art Space
Program: private art gallery
Completion: expected in 2017
China is welcoming an era of art collection, and people are having higher expectation on art spaces. Compared with the great development of material wealth, the quality of our lives, or to say, our spiritual needs are very much lagged behind. Artworks today are more likely to be evolved into circulatingcurrencies. However, the horrible taste and superficial perception under extravagant ambiancehave isolated us from the development of world civilization. Why do we need art? Will the “viewing” of art be possibly changed by the space where it is placed? Our reflection on this topic can also be found through the space of this art gallery.
“The uniqueness of every painting was once part of the uniqueness of the place where it resided,”as John Berger stated in his bookWays of Seeing, the meaning of art does not rely on simply appreciation of beauty by eyes, but also to glimpse the truth of society and life in a particular period of history. It is with artworks that we are able to understand the development of world civilization.Therefore, this art space is not built with expensive materials to piece upa certain “artistic value”, but is accomplished with delicate craftsmanship and techniques as a real piece of artwork to inherit the artistic quality in the space.
Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez and the interpretation of Michel Foucault clarified that the content in traditional paintingis no longer important;instead, the meaning of the reproduction itself will lead to continuous reflections to challenge the inherent knowledge.The oil painting Little Navy by Liu Ye created a scene full of fantastic colors. It tries to intensify the reflection as well as the collision between the illusion and reality by taking the stage as a symbol of space – these works also greatly inspired the architect for the design.Eventually, the display area is presented in the form of a stage and becomes flexible with the waving stairs and ceilings. Emphasized through design, the stage-like space displayed the relationship between seeing and being seen, which implies the fact that the artwork is able to dominate the space instead of being possessed as a showing-off object.
By reprogramming the space, the architect established an internal loop where the visitors are able to decide what to see instead of randomlywondering in other ordinary museums. The freedom of seeing is realized with the freedom of space.