Ma Desheng

Ma Desheng

 

Ma Desheng is a Chinese artist born in Beijing in 1952, he currently lives and works in Paris.
In 1979, Ma Desheng was one of the founding member of the first non-conformist artist’s group in China, «The Stars» (Xing Xing), together with Huang Rui, Wang Keping, Li Shuang, Ai Weiwei, setting the stage for avant-garde art in China.

 

This avant-garde movement has a unique status in the development of contemporary Chinese art, it opened a new era and inspired the changes that followed in the next thirty years. The wood prints created by Ma Desheng from 1979 to early 1980s is a statement of the core spirit of this movement: art has its own self-contained world, it is not a tool for political propaganda or anything else.

 

However, under various kinds of pressure, members of the “Star Group” migrated overseas soon after. Ma Desheng arrived in Switzerland in 1985 before finally settling down in Paris.

 

His works are held in public and private collections around the world:

 

1986 – Collection du Musée d’Histoire Contemporaine de la ville de Paris
1988 – Collection de l’Association du Musée d’Art Contemporain de Chamalières, France
1989 – Collection municipale d’Art Contemporain de la ville de Paris
1991 – Collection Fondation de l’Orient, Macao
1993 – Collection Musée de Melun, France
2001 – Collection Musée de Fugan, Japon – Collection Ashmolean Musée Oxford, London
2004 – Collection Musée de Melun, France
2010 – Collection Musée de l’Université de Hong Kong
2011 – Collection Musée des Arts Asiatiques de Nice, France
2013 – Collection British Museum, London – Collection Musée Cernuschi, Paris
2017 – Collection Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

 

The artist is also a published poet and a performer.

 

In Ma Desheng’s stones, the contour of the stone is hard and definite to encapsulate the motion inside. His stones are solid and fleeting. The communication with the stones is timeless and universal.

 

In Ma Desheng’s stones, the contour of the stone is hard and definite to encapsulate the motion inside. His stones are solid and fleeting. The communication with the stones is timeless and universal.