Wang Keping - Métamorphoses

Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, 2022
February 1, 2022

Metamorphoses, Wang Keping's site-specific exhibition, unveils the artist's most recent body of work: a group of eight majestic, fire-patinated cypress-wood sculptures. This never-before-seen corpus is the product of three years of work, marking a creative renewal in the life of the 73-year-old sculptor, since moving to his Vendée studio in the spring of 2019.


Located between the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and the national forest of Longeville, an old naval warehouse has been transformed into a creative hearth, allowing Wang Keping to work on a new scale and to carve his sculptures out of very large logs - century-old cypress and oak trees - in a hand-to-hand struggle, where human manipulation is measured up against the power of nature.