Qiu Zhenzhong: From Romance of the West Chamber to Matisse (Hong Kong)

Qiu Zhenzhong: From Romance of the West Chamber to Matisse (Hong Kong)

vendredi 2 novembre 2012jeudi 6 décembre 2012


Shanghai, China

PEARL LAM GALLERIES UNVEILS MAJOR NEW INK PAINTING SERIES BY CONTEMPORARY MASTER QIU ZHENZHONG

INSPIRED BY MATISSE AND YUAN DYNASTY DRAMA

Opening 2 November 2012, Pearl Lam Galleries will present ‘From Romance of the West Chamber to Matisse’: a major ink brush painting series developed over the past ten years by contemporary Chinese master ink artist Qiu Zhenzhong. In this body of work Qiu Zhenzhong looks to figuration, inspired by and transforming the lines of Chinese wood-block prints illustrating the “Romance of the West Chamber” and the celebrated works of Matisse. Qiu Zhenzhong is at the forefront of a generation of ink brush artists who are reacting to and embracing 5000 years of Chinese culture and the influence of the West. Through the practice of Lin Mo he has created something new, exploring and reinventing traditions from East and West. (Press preview: Thursday 1 November 2012, 3–5pm)

Qiu Zhenzhong’s inspiration for this series began after living in Paris for two months in early 2003. Qiu Zhenzhong said, “Every evening after dinner I would go for a stroll and could not resist ending up at the Pompidou Centre and browsing the exhibition rooms for a couple of hours. Because of my fondness for the artist and also because of my relaxed state of mind, I paid most attention to Matisse.”

Upon Qiu Zhenzhong’s return to China from Paris, he began exploring Classic Chinese manuscripts and their potential for transformation into contemporary ink brush paintings. Illustrations inspired by the esteemed masterpiece in Chinese wood-block printing history from the Ming dynasty, based on the Yuan dynasty ‘Romance of the West Chamber’ drama, forms a major group of works in this exhibition.

Qiu Zhenzhong said, “Using the language of ink painting, distilling, manipulating, making abstract and conceptual, I have attempted to explore the actual possibilities of ink painting.”

Pearl Lam, founder of Pearl Lam Galleries said, “Ink brush is a hugely important genre, deeply ingrained in Chinese culture and practised by the Chinese literati since ancient times. The literati approach is that art is culture and art is not for commerce but for self-cultivation. The culture of the Chinese literati is absolutely central to our appreciation of art. In previous exhibitions we have explored ink brush where the treatment can be considered as 'Chinese Abstract'. Through these exquisite works by Qiu Zhenzhong we intend to show a different strand of the genre, exploring different perspectives and approaches across artistic scenes: East and West and cross-cultural dialogue between China and the rest of the world.”

Exhibition Dates 2 November – 6 December 2012
Press Preview: Thursday 1 November 2012, 3–5pm
Monday–Saturday, 10am–7pm
Pearl Lam Galleries, 601-605, 6/F Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central Hong Kong

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