Pioneer in China
It has taken Anna Chromy ten years of hard work to get to the point where she is now acknowledged by major arts curators and the interested public in China as a “Pioneer”, somebody who sets standards of what is currently popular or fashionable in the arts and design worlds.
This achievement became evident with her invitation as the first Western artist to hold a personal exhibition in the National Museum of China on Tiananmen Square in Beijing in October 2015, curated by three of the most respected personalities in the Chinese arts scene.
Anna’s status is also underlined by the fact that several museums and private entrepreneurs have selected her works for permanent installation, making her the Western artist with the largest number of public sculptures in China (similar to Europe where she is no. 1 with 60 works).
One particularly remarkable aspect of those installations is the inclusion of marble sculptures, because the traditional precious material in Chinese sculpture is Jade. Marble is seen as a prestigious building material, used until now for decoration purposes only. Anna Chromy is changing this perception with works such as the “Sunshine Goddess” or “Eurydice”.
Anna was also retained by the Ministry in charge of the China Pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan to illustrate the massive international infrastructure project launched by the President of the Republic under the motto “One Belt, One Road”. It follows the traces of the old “Silk Road”, which allowed trade and cultural exchanges between the two major civilizations of the past, China and Europe. A foreign artist creating the symbol for a national pavilion was a unique feat at Expo 2015.
It is therefore no surprise that Phoenix Satellite Television, which covers all of China and the Chinese speaking communities worldwide, chose Anna Chromy as the Icon for its 2015 “Ideas without Borders” series focusing on France. In addition, they invited Anna to show her works for six months at the Phoenix Center in Beijing, supported by a promotional campaign of Anna Chromy.
“In November 2017 Anna had the honor to install a Cloak of Conscience in the Entrance Hall of the National Museum in Beijing, which led to another series of reports by Phoenix TV.”