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New exhibition exploring philosophy of art kicks off in Beijing
Published: Aug 10, 2022 06:06 PM
The photo shows the artwork from Li Qijing in the <em>Soft Feelers</em> at Song Art Museum displaying in Beijing from August 6 to September 5, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Kan Linlin

The photo shows the artwork from Li Qijing in the Soft Feelers at Song Art Museum displaying in Beijing from August 6 to September 5, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Kan Linlin


A new exhibition on philosophy of art was unveiled at Beijing's Song Art Museum, a private museum founded by world-class artwork collector Ding Zehua, on Saturday.

The photo shows the artwork from Xu Ruoxin in the <em>Soft Feelers</em> at Song Art Museum displaying in Beijing from August 6 to September 5, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Kan Linlin

The photo shows the artwork from Xu Ruoxin in the Soft Feelers at Song Art Museum displaying in Beijing from August 6 to September 5, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Kan Linlin


Curated by avant-garde artist Guan Yinlin, Soft Feelers features artworks from five female artists: Li Jiaxing, Xu Ruoxin, Xiao Tingting, Yang Fang and Zoe Li. 

Guan looks to provoke discussion on aesthetics by exploring the relationships between art, artists and artworks. 

The curator leads a group of visitors during the exhibtion named <em>Soft Feelers</em> at Song Art Museum displaying in Beijing from August 6 to September 5, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Kan Linlin

The curator leads a group of visitors during the exhibtion named Soft Feelers at Song Art Museum displaying in Beijing from August 6 to September 5, 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Kan Linlin


The exhibited artworks find commonality in their focus on German philosopher Martin Heidegger's idea that "the work first lets the artist emerge as the master of art. The artist is the origin of the work; the work is the origin of the artist."

Soft Feelers represents the two-way communication between the artist and the viewer. Artworks are the feelers put out by artists in a process of both inward and outward searching, these feelers are artists' way of feeling the world and making their feelings known to viewers. 

The exhibition is set to end on September 5, 2022.

Global Times