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Reorienting the Far East Collections: China
The Museum’s Asian art collection is one of the oldest in Canada, indeed in North America. Created under the impetus of Frederick Cleveland Morgan, the Museum’s first volunteer curator, it brings together six thousand objects. The collection is a testament to the early twentieth-century infatuation wealthy Montrealers had for exotic faraway places, roused by the British Empire’s expansionist aspirations and the burgeoning market for these objects during the last Qing imperial dynasty. From a colonial perspective, China was a once powerful monolithic civilization, now forced to adapt to Western modernity. The two thousand objects in the Chinese collection reflect the art lovers’ gaze on the glorious vestiges – ceramics, textiles and funerary objects taken out of their context – that shaped a manufac tured image rather than reflected the multiple facets of a diverse culture dating back five thousand years. Today, transcultural accounts are bringing a better understanding of Chinese culture and opening up a free flow of dialogue through both time and space.
Historically, China was at the heart of a vast trade network, fueling a desire for wealth and consumption. It has always known how to adapt to external markets with its Jingdezhen porcelain, fanciful rococo Chinoiserie, and the plethora of products for sale in today’s various Chinatowns. The appetite for its manufactured goods has not waned since the ancient silk routes (silk served as a currency). Today, China’s titanic infrastructure project, the Belt and Road Initiative – a modern-day Silk Road – will encompass, over land and sea, some 65 countries, representing 55% of the world’s GDP and reach some 4.4 billion people. The global leader in trade in 2017, China is the number one exporter and number two importer of goods in the world. One of the consequences of this meteoric economic development is massive pollution, including stifling smog.
Executed in 1981, these bronze busts are part of a series of six works dedicated to all those who have been persecuted for their religious beliefs or political affiliations. They were created with the intention of celebrating the resilience of human beings and their capacity to overcome trials and transcend violence and injustice. Here, the sombre features of the two figures are accentuated by the marks made by the artist’s sculpting tools, which she deliberately left showing. Their gaze is sorrowful and pensive, yet their thin, sealed lips convey the quiet power of resistance and determination.
Just like the sculptor Alberto Giacometti, in the early 1950s Frink left stone and clay behind to take up a novel sculpture technique. She would start by building an armature with metal rods. Then, she would fill in the skeleton with various pieces of scrap before coating it with wet plaster, an inexpensive material that is easy to manipulate. Once dried, the rough form was sculpted using an axe, chisel or file. This technique enabled the artist to express herself freely and quickly. Her works were typically cast in bronze from the original model.
Raised in England during the Second World War, Elisabeth Frink was profoundly marked by the brutality of that conflict and the instability of the years that followed. Her entire body of work is devoted to a reflection on the human condition.
Elisabeth Frink, In memoriam I and In memoriam II, 1981, bronze, 1/6. MMFA, gift in memory of Barry Seymour Boyd, in honour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' 150th anniversary
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