【Kids Museum】Art Workshop
Instructor: Wang Zhongsheng
Time & Date: 14:30–16:30, Sat, Jun 26, 2021
Attendance: max. 20 Families (of One Adult and One Kid)
Age: 8+ y/o
Venue: Interactive Multimedia Room (1F), Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum
.For the public health, the event requires real-name registration.
.Please bring your ID and wait in line at the admission.
.Before your entrance, you should get your temperature measured and register your information.
.Please wear a face mask the whole time during your visit. If you are experiencing a fever, cough, or short of breath, please understand that admission will not be granted.
.Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the event.
“The severe pattern [of Mandala] imposed by a circular image of this kind compensates the disorder of the psychic state–namely through the construction of a central point to which everything is related, or by a concentric arrangement of the disordered multiplicity and of contradictory and irreconcilable elements. This is evidently an attempt at self-healing on the part of Nature, which does not spring from conscious reflection but from an instinctive impulse.” C. G. Jung
Michelangelo Pistoletto is an internationally acclaimed artist and one of the leading figures of Arte Povera, an avant-garde movement that took place in the twentieth century with significant international influence. One of the features of Arte Povera is that it broke away from traditional art forms and dissolves the boundaries between art and everyday life, using natural or “inferior” materials such as twigs, stones, glasses, fabric, etc. in order to poetically tap into the elemental powers within these materials, to raise awareness of social issues, and to unearth humanity in art. Artists emphasized the material itself as a “habitat” where emotions and feelings converge. It was hoped that the release of energy could reflect life and evoke emotional resonance.
Pistoletto’s art has always reflected the connection between art and daily life. “I feel that there are many questions between me and the society, and I have always wanted to find answers through art to find my footing in the society.” He believes that art is like a mirror, reflecting his true self on the one hand, and, on the other hand, reflecting others, society, and the contradictory unity of opposites and the infinite problems of time and space. Art is the expression of creativity and should have an important place in everyday life. In his series of practice around the concept of “the third paradise” (the word “paradise” derives from Avestan pairidaēza, “enclosure, park, garden”), he created work based on the infinity symbol ∞, with a view to lead us to achieve our own equilibrium in all levels and fields of society.
In the post-pandemic, sophisticated world, how are we to write the formula of life? Where does the road of our relationships with nature, the society, and the other lead to? This art workshop builds upon Pistoletto’s reflection on human and the environment and will use natural materials and the mandala, the most primitive language of the mind, to create a comprehensive artwork. Through the sophisticated patterns of mandalas, the rustic materials, the mystery of geometric structures, and the energy of colors, we will connect our inner selves and, using art as a mirror, reflect our own spiritual gardens.
The mandala is a cosmic symbol and a map to our soul. Our instructor, Wang Zhongsheng, will guide us to find own own mandala, and with, its unique function of integration, to follow the beautiful visions of Pistoletto. He will help us reflect on the current state of our inner world and build our body awareness, discover our truest inner self through the improvement of concentration and potential development, build the perfect inner order, and create a shared healing art.
Step 1 Get to Know and to Think
Through the introduction of Arte Povera and mandala, we will establish the connection between art and daily life and the inner world.
Step 2 Explore Your Materials
Through the experience of different materials, we will understand the charm of mandala art.
Step 3 Make Your Own Work
Through the guidance of the instructor, we will create our own mandala artwork, the flower of life.
Step 4 Make You Shared Work
Through the collective creation of shared healing art, we will experience the joy of sharing art.
Step 5 Share and Sum Up
We will share our feelings with each other to bring our hearts closer together.
- Arte Povera uses wastes and everyday materials as the medium of expression, dissolving the boundaries between art and everyday life.
- We should know that the art of life starts from the everyday and believe that art is life itself.
- The shared healing art is beginner-friendly and participants do not need any previous knowledge.
- Please come with curiosity about and open-mindedness towards art, dress comfortably, and most importantly, enjoy it!
Wang is a young artist and works as an art director. Having traveled and lived in Italy for nearly a decade, Wang holds a master’s degree in art therapy from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan and is a graduate of honors. He focuses on installation art and shared healing art. He draws inspiration from nature, organisms, cosmic space, and psychology, concentrates on topics such as ecology, environmental protection, and physical and mental sustainability, and narrates the individual experiences while exploring the importance of art in social collectives and diverse communities. He has accumulated extensive experience in individual/group art therapy services and art psychology workshops and lectures. Wang has developed his own unique healing art practice curriculum incorporating color, image, sculpture, music, and physical expression, and actively works in the field of culture and art and public mental health to improve public services. He has held several exhibitions and workshops at home and abroad, including the Isola Comacina Foundation (2016, Italy), Today Art Museum (2017, Beijing), MA-EC Art Gallery Milano (2018, Italy), UCCA Center for Contemporary Art (2019), Liu Haisu Art Museum (2020), Luxelakes A4 Art Museum (2021), etc.