Pan Gongkai Opens Studio at DeTao to Elevate Chinese Market with Architectural Masters
The opening of the studio of noted Chinese artist, designer and educator Pan Gongkai in DeTao CCIC Building on 23 November 2017 marks the addition of yet another world master to DeTao Group. DeTao Group COO Xu Lin’en and DeTao Masters Academy Executive Director Jiang Lan extended their warm welcome to guests on behalf of the group’s senior management and staff. Senior officials from Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, a long-term partner of DeTao Masters Academy, also attended the opening to extend their congratulations, including former President Gong Xueping, President Zhou Bin, Deputy Secretary of School Party Committee and Vice President Yu Zhenwei, and Vice President Mao Fang. An array of DeTao masters also bore witness to the landmark event, including Min Wang, Haim Dotan and Josep Henriquez.
Pan Gongkai Studio formally opens
Often praised as the “Chinese Gaudi”, Pan is the second son of the renowned traditional Chinese painter Pan Tianshou and has been promoting high-level design exchanges between the West and China for the last two decades. He was the president of the China Academy of Art before becoming that of Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) – two of the most important art academies in China where he directed and guided the leapfrog development of general visual-and-design subjects. As a master architect, scholar, artist and art educator, Pan has made significant contributions to fields such as architecture, art theory, painting and installation art. His projects under way include the National Art Museum of China, the fifth Chinese research station in Antarctica and Ninghai Grand Theatre. In addition, Pan has exhibited his works at leading museums from around the globe, including New York, San Francisco and Paris, while his works are largely sought after by major museums, art institutes and private collectors.
Speaking of his collaboration with DeTao, Pan was particularly grateful to the sincerity of DeTao Group Chairman George Lee and other senior officials, who he quipped “have been chasing after him for years”. He believed the ideology and concepts of DeTao have become increasingly important and that the group had now taken a critical step. He was of the opinion that actions speak louder than words and thus focused whole-heartedly on completing projects and designs. With the Chinese economy on the rise, he expressed that DeTao must achieve more to truly play a role. He hoped that DeTao’s projects would spread across the country and considered it his priority to assist with this task as he joined hands with the many world-renowned design masters at DeTao.
DeTao master Pan Gongkai delivering a speech
Pan Gongkai Studio will focus on two major areas of spatial design, namely urban and architectural. In terms of urban design, Pan started a PhD class in Cultural City Studies in 2005, which has since cultivated countless urban-design talent. Moreover, he has proposed the novel concept of block-city design and the idea of “full vision”. In terms of architectural design, Pan truly represents perfection. Having directed the construction of Nanshan Campus of China Academy of Art and CAFA Art Museum along with some of its dormitories since the 90s and collaborated extensively with many world-class architectural design masters, he has played a significant role in the development of China’s art and education facilities. He has been committed to the design of dormitories, theatres, art museums, boutique hotels and key national buildings for the past decade. His design is based on Western learning and intensely pursues Chinese culture, and the focus of which is the “birth”, “ecology” and “life” of buildings. That is why his eventual works are both functional, user friendly and are able to “poetically and spiritually” elevate space.
Pan showing the guests the studio and discussing projects
DeTao Masters Academy Executive Director Jiang Lan praised the joining of Pan, whom she regarded as an unparalleled achiever with a profound understanding of Chinese culture and the country’s development: ‘His involvement will further raise the standard of architectural masters within DeTao and their service in China’. Pan’s character, temperament and work ethic were praised by all during the event, noting to have an senior such as him joining the DeTao team would surely serve as a role model for younger educators and designers at DeTao.
DeTao Masters Academy Executive Director Jiang Lan and Pan Gongkai unveiling the studio
DeTao Group has been introducing industry-leading masters from around the globe to China and developing the DeTao master studios since 2006. It cultivates Chinese design elite based on the model of apprenticeship. The master studios collaborate with social institutes, businesses and scientific research institutes to create a cultural and creative platform combining education, innovation research, management consulting and industry incubation.
To date, DeTao has signed over five-dozen famed design masters from around the world and completed construction of the master studios. In addition to design masters like Pan, the group’s architectural domain boasts world-renowned architect and designer of the Zhangjiajie glass bridge Haim Dotan; the highly esteemed Japanese master of Zen garden Shunmyo Masuno; visiting professor of Zaha Hadid and at Yale University School of Architecture and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design noted architect Ali Rahim; and head designer of the Luxembourg Pavilion at the Expo 2010 Shanghai François J. V. Valentiny. DeTao combines the intellectual and industrial resources of its world masters with the talent and educational resources of China and the production and financial resources of businesses, and offers creative solutions for the leapfrog development of Chinese society and economy as led by fields such as design, fashion, fine arts, business, finance, environment, film, television and animation.