Since 2004, Meng Huang has been painting the local landscapes that are familiar to him. The special feature of his landscape painting lies in the reserved use of colour. The artist uses only two tones – black and white. This reminds us on the one hand of the artistic concept of traditional Chinese ink painting and, on the other hand, of the severity and monotony of a geological map, thus transforming landscape painting into a topographical survey. The work being shown here – “Dam” – is a painting in 8 sections, over 17 metres long, a panorama of the Banqiao Dam in the regional seat, Biyang, in Henan Province. The painting automatically calls to mind in the Chinese onlooker the occasion when the dam burst on 8 August 1975. This was the world's most serious dam disaster to date. Caused by strong rain during a storm, the main dam and 56 connected dams gave way. The Chinese government guards the technical causes and the statistics of this natural catastrophe like a state secret. The estimated number of casualties has been placed between 23,000 and 230,000 people.

Guest 2012.

Meng Huang [ China, Germany ]

Since 2004, Meng Huang has been painting the local landscapes that are familiar to him. The special feature of his landscape painting lies in the reserved use of colour. The artist uses only two tones – black and white. This reminds us on the one hand of the artistic concept of traditional Chinese ink painting and, on the other hand, of the severity and monotony of a geological map, thus transforming landscape painting into a topographical survey. The work being shown here – “Dam” – is a painting in 8 sections, over 17 metres long, a panorama of the Banqiao Dam in the regional seat, Biyang, in Henan Province. The painting automatically calls to mind in the Chinese onlooker the occasion when the dam burst on 8 August 1975. This was the world's most serious dam disaster to date. Caused by strong rain during a storm, the main dam and 56 connected dams gave way. The Chinese government guards the technical causes and the statistics of this natural catastrophe like a state secret. The estimated number of casualties has been placed between 23,000 and 230,000 people.

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