Li Hongbo - All Is Illusion: Shanghai

12 June - 11 July 2021 Shanghai

"Considering carefully the interweaving of psychology and vision, this world is the source of many ambiguities and misunderstandings. How to acknowledge this beautiful error is a question that I am most interested in." Li Hongbo


With his new solo exhibition, Li Hongbo turns the gallery in Shanghai into a strange place where everything appears different than what it really is. Classical marble sculptures that can bend and stretch like accordions. Natural elements with eccentric shapes. Steel figurines carved out of butcher knives.


You can’t help wondering how this is done, that is the magic of Li Hongbo’s work. It stands on its own, defiantly unique yet always relatable. The themes are that of nature, childhood, our relationship to art history. All of this presented in ways that are as playful as they are poetic. Li Hongbo’s great talent is to offer fresh perspectives while always challenging our understanding of sculpture and its possibilities.


This exhibition includes works made of paper and others made of steel, two materials that are at the core of the artist’s vocabulary. Part of the show centers on the revisiting of ancient statuary, for which the artist is best known. Other parts take us to some hallucinatory landscape where stones and timber wood appear completely distorted.


Also on show, a set of sculptures rarely seen representing children carved out of textbooks, a powerful commentary on how knowledge is passed on and how individuals are shaped.


For this new solo show at Danysz Gallery - Shanghai, Li Hongbo is back with his full palette, recreating for us the wealth and complexity of his world as an artist. An adventurous experience, full of surprises, where our entrenched conceptions of reality and illusion may well begin to lose their footing.