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Ma Desheng: Wish Upon a Rock

11 March - 12 April



We are delighted to present “Wish upon a Rock- Ma Desheng’s Touring Solo Exhibition”, which will debut at 3812 Gallery Hong Kong in March 2024 and later move to our London gallery. The Hong Kong exhibition will run from March 11th to April 12th, 2024, with an opening reception scheduled for March 20th from 6 to 8 pm.

The exhibition aims to celebrate and showcase Ma’s exceptional lifelong artistic journey. The highlight of the show is Ma’s iconic acrylic “Rock” series, which features the exclusive debut of his unreleased earliest and latest pieces. This collection carries a poignant story of resilience and triumph. Despite a tragic car accident in 1992 that left him paralysed from the waist down, as well as losing the love of his life, Ma displayed unwavering determination. Through two years in the hospital and eight years of rehabilitation, he regained mobility. Using a custom rotating easel and acrylic paints, he continued to create art, showcasing his indomitable spirit. In 2002, the ground-breaking “Rock” series was unveiled, representing a new pinnacle in his artistic career and symbolising his resilience and triumph over adversity.

As a co-founder of the “Stars Group,” a pioneering contemporary art collective in China, Ma Desheng has dedicated his life to exploring the modernisation and contemporisation of Chinese art. In his own words from 1980, “Art is a universal language shared by humanity. It should not be confined to Eastern or Western categorisations, which create a sense of division. Only through their fusion can a revitalised and enhanced artistic language emerge, much like the growth of plants.”

Ma draws inspiration from Western modern art and seamlessly integrates it into his works, blending it with profound Chinese aesthetics and philosophy to create a new artistic language. The rock series featured in this exhibition represents the culmination of his artistic career and spiritual exploration, standing as an exemplary fusion of Eastern and Western art in the 20th century.


11 March
12 April
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3812 Gallery
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