FRENCH MAZE @ OPERA GALLERY
by Jobie Soo
Now that June is over, it’s safe to say that it has been nothing but a whirlwind of messy weather. But, instead of letting the “moody” weather ruin my day, I let art and aesthetics turn my gloomy day into a colorful one.
On the rainiest day in the past month, I paid a visit to Opera Gallery, located on 52 Wyndham Street in Central, and there was an art exhibition called French Maze.
LIFE IS A MAZE
To a curious soul like me, the name “French Maze” already sounds alluring and enigmatic. But there’s more to it. The idea to describe the exhibition as a “maze” truly encapsulates the diversity of styles and forms portrayed by the French Masters.
Also, the fact that the exhibition takes up four floors already makes it feel like a maze-like journey.
For this exhibition, Opera Gallery is presenting an astounding selection of 27 artworks of historic and contemporary French masters throughout French history.
And let’s just say, being able to witness the amazing presentation and all the distinct styles offered by each French master definitely made my soaking wet socks seem all worth it at the end of this very rainy day!
A Secret Chamber
Pictured in the 1st and 2nd images, the black and dark interior design on the 3rd floor resembles a secret chamber full of mysteries.
Dedicated to showcasing Marc Chagall‘s masterpieces and statues, everything stands out under the majestic lighting.
During his time, the Russian-French artist was known for his heavy influence in Fauvism, Cubism and Surrealism. His work displayed here associates with a maternal theme, featuring mostly naked female figures.
For example, Les amoureux le soir (1949) as shown in the last image.
From legacies of Marc Chagall, Bernard Buffet, Jean Dubuffet and Georges Mathieu, to contemporary creative talents Andre Lanskoy, Chu Teh-Chun, Andre Brasilier, Pierre Soulages and Robert Combas, this collection offers a glimpse into the artists’ extraordinary lives, including moments and ideas that are unique, personal and even vulnerable.
This particular selection of artworks not only welcomes everyone, French or Hong Kong people, to a valley of French wonder but also brings new perspectives to how different artistic forms can transpire and inspire the creative minds of people.