1111The world of Han Meilin at Ca' Foscari Exhibition Space
Han Meilin, whose importance as an artist in his native China earned him a nomination as 2015 UNESCO Artist for Peace, "knew how to create a fantasy universe, populated by legendary creatures, or by animals whom Chinese tradition attaches postitive or negative traits; objects, inlay woodworks, textile, bronzes realized with ancient techniques and a fantastic projection onto future" in the words of ambassador Umberto Vattani, co-curator of the exhibition with prof. Zhao Li. 200 pieces by Han Meilin, a loan from the three museums opened by the Chinese Government in Beijing, Hangzhou and Ynchuan, are now visible in Venice and in all these pieces, Han's style in unmistakable. An apology of incompleteness in a world in constant becoming. He is a proof that philosophy himself, quoting Leonardo: "Just as iron rusts from disuse...even so does inaction spoil the intellect" and at 80, Han Meilin embarks on a world tour starting in Venice, where his art will be displayed until February 28, 2017. The artist draws on the millenary history of Chinese civilization, though he by no means looks at the past alone. He authored the phoenix on the livery of Air China national aircrafts and the mascots of the 2008 Olympics in Beijin. Just the right amount of pop - conceptually impeccable.