Ceramics exhibition by artist Chen Jialing at the Réfectoires des Cordeliers

Published by Laurent de Sortiraparis · Published on April 5th, 2024 at 04:25 p.m.
Plunge into the heart of an artistic encounter between East and West with the exhibition "Une vie au bord du fleuve" by Chen Jialing, famous artist of the Shanghai School, at the Réfectoire des Cordeliers from April 5 to 21. This free exhibition invites you to plunge into the world of ink painting, ceramics and never-before-seen tapestries.

Attention painting and ceramics enthusiasts! Le Réfectoire des Cordeliers invites you to discover its new exhibition of works by Chen Jialing, entitled Une vie au bord du fleuve, from April 5 to 21, 2024. For the first time in France, the Chinese artist unveils a breathtaking collection of paintings, ceramics and tapestries. Nestled in a former 14th-century convent, this historic site is exceptionally opening up to present never-before-seen works, some specially created for this 100% free event.

Chen Jialing, born in Tonglu in 1937, is a leading figure of theShanghai School, enriching Chinese art with his modern vision while remaining rooted in centuries-old tradition. His Paris exhibition explores the fluid, ephemeral beauty of water, the central element of ink painting, through some forty spectacular works. Polyptych paintings, calligraphy and ceramics reveal an approach that harmoniously blends formal beauty and innovation. The exhibition is a tribute to his cultural heritage, born of the influence of the river and lake landscapes of his native region, which have shaped his artistic vision and unique expression.

Exposition de céramiques de l'artiste Chen Jialing au Réfectoires des CordeliersExposition de céramiques de l'artiste Chen Jialing au Réfectoires des CordeliersExposition de céramiques de l'artiste Chen Jialing au Réfectoires des CordeliersExposition de céramiques de l'artiste Chen Jialing au Réfectoires des Cordeliers

Beyond aesthetics, the exhibition embodies a profound reflection on the links between man, nature and art. Inspired by the thought of Confucius, it highlights the cultural importance of water and mountains in Chinese tradition, evoking fluidity, change and the quest for aesthetic absolutes. Curators Cao Dan and He Jing, with the scientific advice ofÉric Lefebvre, Director of the Musée Cernuschi, orchestrate a scenography that brings together paintings, ceramics and silk thread tapestries, illustrating the "three transmutations" dear to Chen Jialing. At the heart of the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Franco-Chinese diplomatic relations, this exhibition offers a unique window into the soul of an artist for whom art is a constant journey and tireless exploration.

A beautiful sensory and philosophical journey through the work of Chen Jialing... Each work, from ceramics to tapestries, is an open door to the imaginary, a meditation on time and space. Theexhibition is a celebration of the encounter between East and West, an echo of Gaston Bachelard 's thinking on water as a "living entity", a reflection of the ceaseless flow of life. An opportunity to discover the richness of contemporary Chinese art, a testament to art's ability to transcend borders and constantly reinvent our relationship with the world.

This page may contain AI-assisted elements, more information here.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From April 5th, 2024 to April 21th, 2024

× Approximate opening times: to confirm opening times, please contact the establishment.


    15 rue de l'école de médecine
    75006 Paris 6


    Official website

    More information
    Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Refine your search
    Refine your search
    Refine your search
    Refine your search