Li Chen First Sculpture Exhibition in Paris

Li Chen’s Monumental Sculptures Descend Upon Paris

Internationally acclaimed Chinese contemporary sculptor, Li Chen, is officially invited to hold a major outdoor sculpture exhibition at Place Vendôme in Paris from September 2nd to 29th, 2013, launching the debut of his tour exhibition in Europe. Li Chen’s much-appreciated premiere outdoor exhibition at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall back in 2011 will now be on view at Place Vendôme—the treasure chest of Paris and home to some biggest names in jewelry, displaying the 12 representative monumental sculptures from Li Chen’s 4 creative series from 1998 to 2010.
Li Chen international recognition and credibility has steadily risen since his solo exhibition at the International Art Exhibition (La Biennale di Venezia), or so-called Olympics of art, in 2007. However, without continuous cooperation from Li Chen’s professional organizer, his sculpture exhibition in Europe wouldn’t have been possible! Over this past year, his project organizer has coordinated ceaselessly with Vendome’s committee on issues such as extending the exhibition period, confirming maximum load capacities, planning transportation and storage, and more. After intensive negotiations, the exhibition was declared official by authorities in 2013. At this point, the organizational team immediately proceeded with transportation arrangements. Unlike most artworks, transporting a sculptural exhibition requires careful technical calculations and requires safety precautions. For instance, the largest piece to be displayed at Place Vendôme is 9 meters (3-storey) high, and weighs 2 tons! The transportation process for this exhibition was particularly complex and involved considerable manpower and machinery. Inside the artist’s high-ceilinged studio, workers scrupulously packed works of art as well as installation equipments. Cranes, forklifts, trailers, and semi-trucks were also utilized to place these large pieces of art into customized crates, and then containers. With their professional knowledge and skills, the team was able to overcome several technical difficulties. Followed by one laborious week as complicated as any other construction project, the ship carrying 6 containers left the port on July 10th, 2013. Currently the 12 sculptures are on their way to France and are expected to arrive in mid-August.
Thanks to the strong support from the Evergreen Group and several French organizations, as well as enthusiastic participation from many art lovers, Chinese art can be appreciated by the global community. We cordially invite you and your friends to plan ahead for a journey to Paris, and to take a closer look at Li Chen’s sculptures at Place Vendôme.