Following this spring’s solo exhibition at the Musée Guimet in Paris, I was delighted to be invited to hold a solo exhibition at Sotheby's S|2 Gallery in Hong Kong this fall. This 'Infinite Universe' exhibition will include some of my most iconic works since the early 1960s, when I founded Movimento Punto in Milan. It will also feature a series of my recent glass mosaic works, made in Milan with another Italian artist.
Let’s talk about Movimento Punto:
European non-representational art and American action paintings, which prevailed after World War II, lost their innovative spirit and vitality in the 1960s. These two major schools focused on presenting action and emotion in their works. I believe that visual art should emphasize deep thinking and observation, otherwise it will not have long-term social value. A friend thirty years my senior, Italian artist Antonio Calderara (1903-1978), agreed that non-representational art is about extreme randomness. Therefore, in August 1961, we decided to create Punto in Milan, often called Movimento Punto or the Punto International Art Movement. Although his abstract art seemed very simple on the surface, the colours had richness and depth. My creations are more like ad-libs; when making work in ink, my mind moved from Taoism to Tibetan Tantric Buddhism.
We created a simple manifesto for Movimento Punto: ‘We want to understand the condition of the finite in the infinite, and to comprehend the authenticity of existence and thought, as well as the purity of the reasons behind the work.’
Hsiao Chin, 2019