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  • Floating serenely above the mountains, Li Chen leads viewers straight to the land of Sukhavati. Journeying through a profoundly spiritual place, his subject experiences the calming force of the mountain and the gentleness of the cloud, his flight through the ether representing a vital visual and sensual balm against modern day spiritual loss.



    Detail of the present lot



    Buddhist philosophy speaks about the void that is not vacuousness, and the balance between what is intrinsic and transcendental, which must reach synthesis in the viewer’s mind. This ‘tension’ is essential to a fulfilled life. With a childlike innocence and a curious timeless wisdom, the Li Chen’s sculptures reinforce our own humanity with a gentle sense of humour, boundless energy, and a generosity of spirit that embraces the best qualities of Buddhism in a turbulent and sometimes malevolent world.



    Installation view of ‘Float to Sukhavati’ in Paris, Place Vendôme, 2013


    • Provenance

      Asia Art Center, Taipei
      Acquired from the above by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      Beijing, National Art Museum of China, In Search of Spiritual Space, April - May 2008, pp. 76-81, 83 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
      Singapore Art Museum, Li Chen: Mind Body Spirit, September - December 2009, pp. 16, 127, 133, 134, 139, 140-143 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
      Taipei, Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall & Freedom Square, Greatness of Spirit: Li Chen Premiere Sculpture Exhibition in Taiwan, November - December 2011, pp. 60, 72, 85-87, 121, 123 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
      Paris, Place Vendôme, Li Chen's Major Sculpture Solo Exhibition, September 2013, pp. 63, 90-91 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
      Shanghai, Aurora Museum, Through the Ages - Li Chen Solo Exhibition, October 2018 - January 2019 (another example exhibited)

    • Literature

      Asia Art Center, 1992-2002 Li Chen Sculpture, Taipei, 2004, p. 95 (another example exhibited)
      Asia Art Center, Li Chen : Energy of Emptiness 2007 Solo Exhibition at 52nd International Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia, Taipei, 2007, pp. 144-147 (another example exhibited)
      Asia Art Center, Knowledge and Enlightenment -'Immortality of Fate' and 'Ordinary People' Series Debut Exhibitions, Taipei 2016, p. 19 (another example illustrated)


Float to Sukhavati

incised with the artist's name, seal, number and date ‘2002 Li Chen 20/30' on the reverse
49 x 26.5 x 35.5 cm. (19 1/4 x 10 3/8 x 13 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2002, this work is number 20 from an edition of 30, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Asia Art Center.

Full Cataloguing

HK$200,000 - 500,000 

Sold for HK$1,260,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale in Association with Poly Auction

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2021