Collection by l' Institute Bernard Magrez
Following a solo exhibition by li Chevalier at the Submarine Base, a contemporary art centre in the city of Bordeaux, France, the Bernard Magrez Arts Fund has acquired 6 pieces of experimental ink paintings and 2 mixed media from the artist. They were among the 50 works in the solo exhibition of the artiste entitled [Fusion] held in May / July 2014 in Bordeaux, an event organized as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China 50 - [www.battery-chine50.com] and under the patronage of the city of Bordeaux and the French Institute.
li Chevalier experimental ink paintings
Born in the 60’s, li Chevalier is among the prominent figures of a new artistic current born in China, experimental ink. The American University Virginia CommonWealth University of Art devoted a first show to her collection of experimental ink back in 2004, launching what was to become the signature style of the artist. During her stay at the London's Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, her experimental ink paintings was displayed at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer exhibition in 2007; it drew the attention of Sir Michael Bichard, then President of the University of London, who became one of her first English collectors. Since 2007 the experimental ink of li Chevalier has entered the permanent collections of the National Museum of Fine Arts of China, the China National Opera, and the Embassy of France in China.
The Cultural Institute Bernard Magrez
Constituted as an endowment fund in 2010, the Cultural Institute Bernard Magrez is a private initiative of artistic patronage. The initiative is driven by the will and desire of one man, Bernard Magrez, to share his love for art and artists.
After building an entrepreneurial career based on excellence, innovation and creativity, Bernard Magrez now wants to "give back" what life granted him. His choice fell on contemporary artists and the art world in general, not only by personal taste but also because he was keenly aware of the difficulty of being recognized in the art world for innovative artists. It is also a unique way to contribute to the territory and its citizens, whether regional, national and international, where the Cultural Institute wants to support creation and artists.
"So here came time for me to give: give a chance and promote young artists who have talent, give them time and resources to support their projects effectively by supporting the production of original works" Bernard Magrez