The New White, 2018

Porcelain, collected by The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
The New White is part of the Connections project of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Exhibition: October 15 2018 - June 23 2019

A Canadian born in China, Hua Jin reveals her unease in respect to the threat globalization poses to traditional cultures. The artist was inspired by blue and white Ming porcelain for this project. Painters of porcelain had to be masters of brushwork in order to transfer designs on silk and paper to a new medium. The subtle, faded-out patterns on these porcelain pieces reflect the gradual disappearance of that age-old art. Out of the white emerges the trite, and the loss of artistic value stemming from contemporary mass consumption becomes obvious. Such new creations, often of poor quality, are the result of the high global demand that comes from foreign collector’s taste for the exotic as indicated by the traditional porcelain works in museum collections. (Curator: Laura Vigo)

"Connections unites the work of seven Canadian contemporary artists from culturally diverse communities, who were inspired by the Museum’s world cultures collections. Commissioned thanks to the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, under the New Chapter program established to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, these works will be integrated into the new Stéphan Crétier and Stéphany Maillery Wing for World Cultures and Togetherness, set to open next June." --- Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Photo credit: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.