House of Heritage, Reinventing Heritage Through Art
The Temple House has launched a new art and culture series titled ‘House of Heritage’ in collaboration with friend of the House Ms. Frances Li. A lineup of creators has already been arranged for 2021 starting with Ju Anqi, one of the most widely recognised members of China’s “New Generation” experimental filmmakers and contemporary visual artist.
Ms. Frances Li, Global COO of The I.M. Pei Foundation and a renowned figure in art and cultural management and philanthropy. The new series will give artists a curated space to reimagine narratives, images, ideas and themes from the past and relate it to a modern-day audience, inviting new exchanges of dialogues.
Ju Anqi’s current show at The Temple House, entitled “Let’s See Some Grass Tonight”, is the artist’s first of the year as well as his first collaboration with a hotel. This show is an exploration of Ju’s long fascination with grass – a frequent subject in traditional Chinese painting and a symbol for vitality – and features a site-specific installation at The Temple House formed by 300 LED panels mounted on the House’s open brick wall, as well as a his trademark monochromatic “Grass Style” paintings.
In his new LED installation also titled “Let’s See Some Grass Tonight”, the artist’s first public art installation in a hotel, Ju covers an open brick wall of The Temple House with flashing LED panels. The juxtaposition of the work’s modern form against its setting among the Qing architectural features of the House poses questions of what ‘heritage’ means to the viewer.