Splendid Images: Chinese Paintings from Eryi Caotang Collection Exhibition

2014-11-29 10:00 - 2015-05-17 17:00

Splendid Images: Chinese Paintings from Eryi Caotang Collection Exhibition

When: 29 Nov 2014 - 17 May 2015
Where: Gallery I, Art Museum, Institute of Chinese Studies, CUHK

 Chinese Paintings from Eryi Caotang Collection Exhibition

万象神采-二义草堂藏近代中国书画

Having collected modern Chinese painting for over four decades, the master of Eryi Caotang has assembled an extraordinary collection that provides an overview of the development of Chinese ink painting from the late 19th century to the 20th century. The exhibition features 70 masterpieces by well-known masters including Qi Baishi (1864-1957), Xu Beihong (1895-1953), Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), Lin Fengmian (1900-1990), Fu Baoshi (1904-1965), and Li Keran (1907-1989). Many of these paintings were collected during the 1970s and 1980s, when China gradually recovered from the aftermath of the devastating Cultural Revolution and when Hong Kong's economic boom fostered a new group of collectors. The master of Eryi Caotang was a typical Hong Kong businessman of that period, and his success in business led to his lifelong passion for Chinese painting and friendships with many prominent artists. As such, the collecting history in recent memory is intricately linked with the lives and practices of artists and the ties between Hong Kong and mainland China.

 

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The Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong serves the community by collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting a wide range of artifacts illuminating the rich arts, humanities, and cultural heritage of ancient and pre-modern China. The Art Museum promotes the excellence of both its permanent collections and loan collections of Chinese art and their use for scholarly endeavours and outreach efforts. As auniversity teaching museum, it offers in-depth practice of museology and teaching of art history and heritage through direct and sustained access to original Chinese works of art by collaborating with the Department of Fine Arts. With different University faculties it advocates interdisciplinary approaches to the social, cultural, technologicaland historical context of Chinese art. Founded in 1971, the Art Museum has been taking an active role in achieving the objectives of the University in promoting Chinese culture and heritage,and facilitating academic exchange between China and the West, as well as enriching the cultural lives and spiritual well-being of society.

 

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