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“Post-Brushwork Era: Chinese Landscapes Holds” at Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou

The exhibition “Post-Brushwork Era: Chinese Landscapes” co-sponsored by Guangdong Museum of Art and Zhejiang Art Museum opened at Guangdong Museum of Art on March 23, 2018. Xu Jiang, Dean of China Academy of Art, is the academic director of the exhibition. Wang Shaoqiang, the president of Guangdong Museum of Art and Yingfei Jin, the president of Zhejiang Museum of Art serve as the the exhibition directors, and Xiang Liping is the curator.

The exhibition focuses on the landscape/scenery themes. It divides the development of contemporary Chinese ink and wash paintings into three types based on the ways of treating brush and ink standards and the ink and wash media, as well as the presentation styles. The three types are: the traditional type based on the traditional brush and ink tradition while continuing to explore and innovate, the modern type which carries out reform experiments from Western modern art, and the contemporary type which transcends brush and ink painting or even ink and wash painting, and uses multiple media to expand. These three types precisely present the changing logic and development clues of three concepts: from traditional Chinese painting to ink paintings to the ink painting art.

By classifying and summarizing the works of 26 artists: Ji Zi, Liang Juting, Lu Fusheng, Xu Yuren, Luo Jiansheng, Chen Lvsheng, Xu Lei, Chai Yiming, Lin Miao, Liu Guosong, Li Huasheng, Yang Jiecang, Liang Quan, Zhang Hao, Huang Zhiyang, Wang Shaoqiang, Shen Fan, Zhang Yu, Lin Tianmiao, Zheng Chongbin, Shen Lieyi, Wei Qingji, Tan Xun, Shi Zhiying, Ni Youyu and Li Shun, this exhibition attempts to bring two art language systems, the improvement of traditional art and localization of Western art since the 20th century in China into one narrative logic, so as to make it an organic whole rather than parallel lines which lack of correlation. In addition, through this kind of discussion, the exhibition encourages people to think more about what is contemporary, what is contemporary art and what are the problems of contemporary Chinese art, to talk over and define the concept and connotation of Chinese contemporary art, and to express the relationship between contemporary and traditional, as well as between inheritance and innovation. At the same time, people are encouraged to regain the confidence in Chinese painting (ink and wash painting) and to explore the Chinese grammar and logic of contemporary art.

The ink painting experiments in China over the past 30 years is an artistic phenomenon worthy of study. Since 2001, Guangdong Museum of Art has held three large-scale exhibitions with the theme of “ink painting”. In 2001, the First Exhibition of Contemporary Ink Works: China: 20 Years of Ink Experiment has periodically observed, concluded and summarized the evolution and concept change of 20 years’ domestic ink experiments; the Second Comtemporary Ink Wash Space: Infiltration——Idylls and Visions held in 2006 has borrowed various ways to explore “the nature of ink and wash” and provided another creative experimental “text”; and after 10 years, the Third Exhibition of Contemporary Ink Works: Disguised Form——Ink Paintings’ Dimension continued to get involved from different perspectives to systematically discuss and make detailed inquiries of the essence question: what is contemporary ink and wash painting? For decades, Guangdong Museum of Art has always placed the contemporary phenomena and problems of Chinese ink painting in an important position in the Chinese art research system. Such research exhibitions provide comprehensive literature and historical materials for subsequent contemporary art studies in the field of ink experimentation. It helps to further explore in depth the historical connotation, development context and various possibilities of contemporary deduction of Chinese ink painting.

Guangdong Museum of Art hopes to provide a referable environment for the audience to interpret the new forms and concepts of Chinese ink and wash paintings through the exhibition Post-Brushwork Era: Chinese Landscapes. With future-oriented experimental creation and researches, Guangdong Museum of Art will further pay attention to the development, changes, scientific innovations of the society, and the rapid spread of the global interconnection. It will also study the profound meaning and new ideas of contemporary ink and wash paintings in the new era, and put forward a new aesthetic path for the development and direction of modern ink and wash art in the society of the era.

 

at Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou
until 26 April 2018

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