Guo Fengyi - November 18, 2011 through April 29, 2012
Guo Fengyi’s drawings are on permanent display at the Collection de l’Art Brut: indeed, our institution received a generous donation of some 85 drawings covering several periods of this artist’s production. A short film is being premiered for this exhibition: Philippe Lespinasse, the film director for several documentaries on various Art Brut creators, followed Guo Fengyi at her place of residence, interviewing her and watching her at work. He also met her next of kin, and photographed a number of pieces.
Guo Fengyi (1942-2010) was born in Xi’an (Sha’anxi Province), China. After graduating from high school in 1962, she found a job as a technician in a rubber and adhesive plant. The mother of four children, at the age of thirty-nine she was plagued by attacks of acute arthritis, forcing her to cease all professional activity. She suffered for several years before she began practicing Qi-gong, a branch of traditional Chinese medicine, in order to alleviate her pain. With her mastery of the metaphysical contemplation belonging to that discipline new horizons opened up for her.
Guo Fengyi began her artistic activity in 1989, after experiencing a first appearance of a figure on a page of her private diary. Over the next years she produced a great many paintings: Her oeuvre today comes to some eight hundred pieces.
November 18, 2011 to April 29, 2012
Private view on Thursday November 17, 2011 6.5pm
L'Art Brut, fascicule 23, Gollion/Lausanne, Infolio/Collection de l'Art Brut, 2011.
Film / DVD
Guo Fengyi and the magic scrolls, de Philippe Lespinasse, 80 min., Le Tours, Lokomotiv Films, 2011.
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The exhibition Guo Fengyi is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.