The first retrospective of China’s world-class British female artist Maggi Hambling – “The beginning of beauty is the beginning of the horror: Maggie Hanbrin’s painting art, 1960 -” will be shown in the Beijing Central Academy of Fine Arts (Weibo) Art Museum on March 8, 2019.
Maggie Hanbulin, 73, earned an international reputation in the 1980s and is still in a strong creative period. She was the first resident artist appointed by the National Gallery of England and one of the few living artists to hold exhibitions at the British Museum, the National Gallery of Britain, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Tate Gallery in the United Kingdom houses 19 works by Hanbulin, and her works are owned by world-class art institutions such as the British Museum, the Yale British Art Center, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the National Gallery of Australia.
“The United States is the beginning of the horror” will showcase the legendary female artist’s more than 60 works including oil paintings, prints, sketches and sculptures. It is a comprehensive review and summary of her artistic career since the 1960s.
“The beginning of beauty is the beginning of horror” taken from the great Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Dauino Lamentation”, which is the feeling and reflection of Hanbulin’s beauty, love and the universe throughout his art. Maggie Hanbrin’s most iconic work – including the “Water Wall” collection, which is widely exhibited internationally, and her legendary portrait collection, will be presented in the exhibition.
Hanblin’s paintings about the sea are closely related to portraits, as John Berg commented: “There is nothing in the world that is more complicated than a human face – the vibrations are like waves flowing through the ocean of life, depicting people as observers. Standing on the edge of the water…” Berg also pointed out that Hanblin’s sketch is comparable to Lunlan.
For the past half century, Maggie Hambrin has been surrounded by various trends and factions, and his personal life has been far from the London art scene. She always lives on the edge of the beach in Suffolk, England, near the birthplace – a small village with more than a hundred inhabitants. She said, “Only the time in the studio is the real time, the other time is just pretending to be a model,” and repeatedly said that “art is more real than reality.”
Looking forward to the exhibition on May 1, 2019.