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“Chinese Painting of Ideas” from the National Art Museum of China

On May 8, 2018 at 17:00 the grand opening of the exhibition “Chinese Painting of Ideas” from the National Art Museum of China will be held at the National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus.

This project is a response to the exhibition of masterpieces of our collection in Beijing in 2017.

Our colleagues from China selected 22 works of painting, graphics and sculpture to demonstrate the collection of the Chinese museum, as well as to show the Belarusian public the results of a complex dialogue between the traditional and modern art of China in the twentieth century.

The core of the exhibition is “sei”, traditional style of Chinese painting. Its name comes from two words: “se” – to write and “i” – the idea, the meaning. The principle of this style is to transfer the idea, the very essence of objects in free form. The sweeping strokes in the “sei” works unfold deep, polysemantic images, reigning freedom and flight of thought.

Grace, precision, dynamics and harmony – these are the main characteristics of the works by Chinese artists Chen Dayu, Chen Zizhuang, Jan Zhiguang and many others.

Oil paintings represented at the exhibition reflect the connections between tradition and modernity, East and West. Sculptures add volume and vitality to the exposition, expressing the authors’ view on history and aesthetic heritage. In the works of Wu Weishan, Liu Kaiqu and Liu Huanzhang, the essence of complex and multifaceted Chinese philosophy is reflected, centering around the triad of the great teachings of the East: Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

 

The exhibition runs until June 26, 2018.