NOT VITAL: Landscapes
Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, is pleased to present NOT VITAL: Landscapes, an exhibition of
the Swiss-born artist's most recent sculptures, primarily created in China. This is the first time
Vital's works will be shown in depth in Hong Kong. Landscapes will run concurrently with the
exhibition FRANK AUERBACH: Portraits at the gallery, both opening during Art Basel Hong Kong.
The exhibition presents three major bodies of sculptural work by the artist: the 'Lotus', 'Cow Dung'
and 'Dali marble' sculptural-relief series. Since 2007, Vital has been creating sculptural iterations
of the lotus, a tropical flower revered throughout history for its divine beauty and symbolic potency, referenced in Greek mythology, ancient Hinduism and Buddhism. Vital has monumentalized the form in reflective stainless steel, creating unique hand-chased lotus flowers that lean against walls or stand freely outdoors. This surreal distortion is a common trope for the artist, who presents organic forms using unexpected and incongruous materials, instilling the works and the objects they represent with new meaning. The exhibition will bring together three new 'Lotus' works, each over 3 metres tall.