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09 Sep 2015 - 29 Nov 2015

The University Museum and Art Gallery is pleased to announce the presentation of Mexican Big Bang: Paintings by Roberto Turnbull, an exhibition organized in collaboration with the painter and with the support of the Consulate General of Mexico in Hong Kong and Macao. A selection of 26 artworks will introduce the work of the famous abstract painter for the first time in East Asia, displaying the painterly and architectural styles and themes that have influenced his work.

Painter, sculptor and engraver Roberto Turnbull was born in Mexico in 1959, and his work has been internationally shown and collected since 1983. His paintings are often collages that contain sketches—figurative and abstract in style. Half factual document, half utopia, sometimes a dream or nightmare, many of Turnbull’s depictions are characterized by warm and bright colours and geometric forms that relate his two-dimensional work to three-dimensional sculpture and architecture.

Since the 1990s, Turnbull has experimented extensively with printing techniques and created unique prints by spreading a layer of paint onto a glass or metal plate upon which he draws and from which he prints before the pigments dry. This technique has allowed him to produce multi-layered images, many of which show fragmented bodies and an unconventional perspective that depicts figures and objects that do not respond to any predictable logic. In more recent years, Turnbull has built upon this method of constructing imagery, as he has abandoned representation or reflections of reality. The painter has developed a geometrism that forms a new kind of abstract or minimalist art.

We thank Roberto Turnbull for his generosity in sharing his artworks with the Hong Kong public, and express our sincere appreciation for the stellar support from and collaborative work with the Consulate General of Mexico.


Planets (Planetas)


 Acrylic on canvas

 80 cm x 100 cm x 3 cm

Burial (Entierro)


 Oil on canvas

 80 cm x 100 cmx 3 cm




 Copperplate engraving

 60 cm x 100 cm

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