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'Vibrating' abstracts by Italian master

MOST Chinese locals consider abstract art odd and meaningless, so it's rare to see abstract solo exhibitions in town, much less abstracts by Western painters.

Still, many people would be captivated by the power, color and emotion in Gastone Biggi's canvases exhibited at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall.

Biggi, now 86 years old, is considered one of the important abstract painters and a pioneer. His works have been shown around the world and are widely collected.

The woks appear to shimmer and vibrate.

Born in 1925 in Rome, Biggi began painting in 1947.

"Give me a point, and I will paint you the world," Biggi once said.

Upon entering the exhibition hall, visitors are overwhelmed. Colors are disruptive and take the viewers to atmospheres and dimensions outside reality. There are rigorous, throbbing obsessive points and a whirlwind of lights and colors.

The work "Icone" evokes mysterious forces coming from things that are ancient and sacred, such as Byzantine icons; there's an aura of abstract brightness that does not seem to belong to the earthly world.

Biggi says he addresses the mysteries of the universe, such as the alternation of seasons and movement of the tides.

"I am very strict with my creations," says Biggi. "Till now, I have destroyed nearly 1,600 paintings. One thing is critical for me - my painting must be a perfect combination of basic intuition and sensitivity."

Date: through October 9, 9am-4pm

Address: 100 People's Ave

Admission: 25 yuan


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