Feb 4 – Mar 10, 2023
DE SARTHE is pleased to present Berlin based artist, Xinyan Zhang’s solo exhibition, Out of the Time. Xinyan Zhang’s practice explores the weakness of human nature and the state of existence, influenced by her childhood experience of growing up in Shenzhen, China in the early 90s, a time of rapid economic development and social instability. Her work often features chaotic imagery of survivors in ruins, with their eyes, hearts, or other body parts hollowed out or mutilated. Within the abstract space of her paintings, the wounded victims allude to the decay and withering of the modern spiritual world. Desire, betrayal, indifference, among other human weaknesses distort the spirituality of human existence – Xinyan Zhang’s work visualises this corruption, with a particular focus on the underprivileged status of women and children in society.
de Sarthe is a platform for boundary-pushing contemporary art from Asia. Since 1977 it has also had an international presence in modern and post-war art.
de Sarthe was founded in Paris (1977), later establishing galleries in America (1981) and most recently in Hong Kong (2010) and Beijing (2014). In 2017 the gallery opened a 10,000 sq/ft space in Hong Kong’s South Side art district, Wong Chuk Hang, to expand its program of contemporary art from Asia. Before its forced eviction from Beijing in the summer of 2018, de Sarthe occupied an 8,000 sq/ft space in Caochangdi, a renowned art district in the capital city. There, the gallery took an important role exhibiting a wide range of artists that lead the emerging art scene. This spirit continues in the Hong Kong space where 90% of the exhibitions are dedicated to showing contemporary art from Asia.
In 2017 the de Sarthe Artist Residency (deSAR) was inaugurated, which hosts an artist in the gallery’s Hong Kong space for two months every summer with the goal of challenging standard modes of art production and exposing audiences to a side of creation seldom seen firsthand. In a metropolis known for excessively high rent and exceedingly small spaces, the residency allows artists the freedom of a large arena to explore their creativity.
The gallery also maintains a robust advisory for 20th century artwork and has placed important artwork with collectors across the world. The gallery has dealt in artwork including the likes of Monet, van Gogh, Rodin; Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti; Chu Teh-Chun, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, Pierre Soulages, Zao Wou-Ki; Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol; as well as Chen Zhen and Bernar Venet.
Double Fly Art Center, Mark Chung, Liang Ban, Lin Jingjing, Andrew Luk, Mak Ying Tung 2, Ma Sibo, Richard Streitmatter-Tran, Wang Xin, Xin Yunpeng, Zhong Wei