zettl exhibition in beijing 2022

Flyer for my Beijing Exhibition

the first exhibition this year

I mentioned in my last blog post from 2021 that I will have 2 exhibitions this year. The first will take place in Beijing between April and May. This is a very important exhibition for me. It takes place in the Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA. The museum has 7000 m2 of exhibition space on 3 floors and is always very busy.
It is a group exhibition with colleagues from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. I will be more represented with 16 works I have been painting in the recent 2 years.

It’s not my first exhibition in Beijing. In the mid-1980s, I became the first western artist to exhibit (3 exhibitions between 1980 and 1984) since the Cultural Revolution. It wasn’t a big deal back then, but my exhibition at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, CAFA, attracted a lot of visitors, especially Chinese artists, some with well-known names.

This year’s exhibition is running on a much higher level, especially as it honors 50 years of cultural exchange between Europe and China. I have been actively involved in this exchange for decades now – without letting myself be taken over by any side, but in the firm belief that cultural exchange is fundamentally one of the most important aspects of peace and understanding between all countries.

I didn’t design the flyer. It serves its purpose, but I don’t think it’s particularly appealing.
My participation would not have been possible without the help of sponsors and I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks again: Oe.g.c.f. (Austrian Society for China Studies), where I regularly contribute with lectures and articles on Chinese arts and the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with its Cultural Forum Beijing) supported me financially.

The painting used for this flyer is this one, which I presented some time ago in one of my blog entries:

scene at the waters

When I accepted the invitation over a year ago, I was hoping to fly to Beijing and take the opportunity to meet old friends and colleagues. But since the Corona crisis is not over yet, nothing will come of it.

So I hope that my work will be well received and that a similar opportunity may arise in the future.

portfolio, teaser for next exhibition



17 responses to “Flyer for my Beijing Exhibition”

  1. swabby429 avatar

    I hope the exhibition is constructive and enjoyable for everyone involved.

  2. Zettl Friedrich avatar

    Thank you so much for your kind wishes! Let’s see what transpires…

  3. Michael Sammut avatar

    I wish you all the best with this new exhibition.

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you very much, Michael!

      1. Michael Sammut avatar

        You’re welcome.


    Congratulations and good luck with the exhibition. I love the painting that was chosen for the brochure!

  5. Zettl Friedrich avatar

    Thanks a lot for your kind wishes! Would have loved to be there…

  6. Martha Kennedy avatar

    This is really wonderful, Friedrich! I wish you could fly to Beijing.

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you Martha! Yes, would be nice, but I don’t want to spend 2 weeks in quarantine in a hotel room first.

  7. kevinashton avatar

    Congratulations Friedrich, on your exhibition in Beijing.

    You said you may not be able to attend because of the strict Covid precautions, but it would be good if you could use a platform like zoom to explain your 16 paintings to the Chinese artists and people who come to the gallery. Perhaps if that is not possible, maybe a blog post with the assembled 16 paintings with your thoughts about them.
    Best Wishes

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you Kevin for your kind words! The curators of this exhibition are very experienced and I trust them to know what they are doing. I don’t yet know what form of communication with the audience will take. There is quite some information on print media. Let’s see….

  8. margarethallfineart avatar

    Congratulations, Friedrich!

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you so much, Margareth!

  9. Carolyn Kaiser Harmon avatar

    I wish you the best on this very important spring exhibition. Your painting is intellectual in its asymmetrical axis, vast variety in line, shapes use of color and spatial choices. Congratulations – hard work pays off it seems.

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you so much for your kind words and good wishes! I am happy to hear ty you like my work. All the best to you!

  10. loujen haxm'Yor avatar

    Congrats on getting your works exhibited, Zettl. It’s a great feeling when the public gets to at least view your stuff.

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you very much! A small step for the world but a major step for me 🙂

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