Past Exhibitions

Exhibition of the Chinese ancient calligraphy on bamboo slips and silk

No.2 Special Exhibition Hall,1F
2019.11.10 -

To write on bamboo slips and silk is new and strange to us today. Our encounter with the calligraphy on bamboo slips and silk  began with the archaeological discoveries at the beginning of the 20th century while the calligraphy on bamboo slips and silk had been a daily life until the popularization of paper. The unearthed books on bamboo slips and silk were written from the Warring States to Wei and Jin dynasties, spanning for nearly a thousand years. Later on, the inscriptions on bronzes and tablets were used by ancient Chinese calligraphy learners as models instead of the calligraphy works on bamboos and silk because these early bamboo and silk works have been lost in history. In the Qing dynasty, "epigraphy" was incorporated into the aesthetic system of calligraphy. It exerted profound influence on contemporary calligraphy learners in aspects from aesthetic taste to the model selection.

Now faced with a large number of diverse calligraphy works on bamboos and silk, we have noticed the possibility of rewriting the history of Chinese calligraphy. These works recorded the factors affecting the writing effect including the calligrapher’s writing habits and strokes, aesthetic taste of different times, customs of different regions, different writing tools and styles. It is difficult to use the existing theoretical system of calligraphy to interpret the complexity of font evolution and the characteristics of the times in the layout in silk calligraphy, so only when we abandon the traditional cognition and immerse ourselves in these works can we feel the beauty of them. 

This exhibition aims to restore the diversity and richness of the calligraphy on bamboos and silk as much as possible, outline its development process from the Warring States to the Wei and Jin dynasties, and inspire new thoughts on Chinese calligraphy.

Reditus & Veritas –Exhibition of Modern Ceramics by Zhang Jitao

No.1 Special Exhibition Hall,1F
2019.07.10 -

Zhang Jitao, born in 1931 in Changsha, Hunan, currently resides in Taiwan. After moving to Taiwan in 1949, he attended and graduated from Military Technical School and Military Foreign Languages School. In 1976, he learnt under the famous Taiwanese ceramicist Mr. Lin Baojia and from then on has been devoting his body and soul into ceramic creations. Zhang has always followed his master's ideology of "Ceramics Living Arts"; his artworks fused both the past and the present, connecting beauty and functionality, most of his works are based on Chinese traditional containers, which he then integrates with modern ceramics' design and functionality, along with glazes of his personal style. This clearly portrays the meaning of ceramics living: A fuse of innovation and aesthetics.

In November, 2014, Mr. Zhang Jitao donated 75 sets (99 pieces of artwork) of the most iconic works in his ceramics career to the Hunan Museum. Within the collection, there are ceramic plates that cleverly combine calligraphy with paintings, vivid and lively animal ceramic sculptures and colorful glazed ceramics. These works condense Mr. Zhang' s perception of life, carrying his many years of creative passion and filled with a rich philosophy of life. This exhibition is truly a cultural feast of modern ceramics.

Root and Soul - Exhibition of Chinese Civilization

No.1Special Exhibition Hall, 1F
2019.05.18 -

Chinese civilization, profound and long-lasting, has been recognized by people all over the world. This fact is even further solidified by the boundless artifacts uncovered. Although only 30 sets of exhibits are shown in this exhibition and its selection process was constrained by many obstacles, we still have a chance to catch a glimpse of this magnificent Chinese civilization.

The development of Chinese civilization has been multi-dimensional and full of twists and turns, rather than going down a narrow path. the artifacts will be restored to its former glory as we will attempt to place it back in its own timeline. We will also seek out the artifacts’ values and positions within the society by conducting an extensive study into their origin, design and background, thus shining a light on the beauty of the civilization.

The Chinese civilization is the only civilization that is still alive and going strong. Although it lies on the Eastern pole of the Eurasian continent, blocked by an immense ocean, high mountains and an endless desert, China has never closed its door to other civilizations. There were exchanges and integrations between grassland culture and farming culture in its north and south; communication and interactions with cultures from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia and Arab in the East and the West. In addition, There had also been an influx of colorful religions, such as Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Nestorianism and Islam. some of foreign cultures have either faded away or assimilated into Chinese civilization. Through constant communication, trade and interaction, civilizations collide, innovate and renew. The exhibits here are witnesses of the cultural exchanges between China and the west.

History and reality are inseparable, even more so with  civilizations that develops from a natural, primitive state. These artifacts may seem to have no connection with the current China. Actually, it is inextricably tied up with our modern life. It affects our way of thinking and many other aspects. It is in our blood. It is the “root” and “soul” of our culture. “Even now, it is the powerful spiritual strength that promotes reform, opening-up and the socialist modernization movement”. 


Exhibition of Artwork Donations from Yan Jialong and Zou Chuan’an

No.2 Special Exhibition Hall,1F
2019.05.10 -

The exhibition features 43 works of Yan and 63 of Zou, all of which marked the peak of their personal achievements, fully revealing the level of Hunan contemporary art between the latter part of the 20th century and the early 21st century.

Exhibition of Hunan Private Collections

No.2 Special Exhibition Hall, 1F
2019.01.20 -

Private collections of Hunan Province have been flourishing for a long time. In response to the policy of the Sate Council, we organized this exhibition, aiming to encourage the legal private collection, inject vitality into collection market and reveal the irreplaceable role of society in facilitating the protection of cultural relics. 

The Paintings of Wu Guanzhong

No.2 Special Exhibition Hall, 1F
2018.10.17 -

Wu Guanzhong(1919-2010), born in Yixing of Jiangsu province, is a renown painter and art educator. His practical and theoretical achievements have brought a broader prospective for the Chinese contemporary art. 

During 1980s, Wu probed into a series of significant  aesthetic problems such as “abstract beauty”, “form beauty” and “form determining the content”, leaving abundant works and many sharply novel remarks. Artistic ideas proposed by him like “unbroken kite string” (kite refers to art works while string the reality where inspirations lie. He argued that works, despite of its forms, ought to emotionally revolve around certain themes), “cultural war” (cultural is also involved in global competition) and “form is nothing” (form should be appreciated in content, otherwise, it is of no meaning. His ideas have caught widespread attention, aroused discussion and controversy in artistic field, stimulating relentless passion in contemporary artists. Devoted wholeheartedly to blending together western oil paintings and traditional Chinese ink paintings, Wu created a lot of works, which, with original and ingenious designs, are perfect combination of tradition and modernity, imbued with his philosophy of life and enthusiasm for art. What's more, he donated for many times his works to National Art Museum Of China, Shanghai Art Museum, Zhejiang Art Museum, The National Gallery Singapore and Art Museum of Hong Kong etc, making his works accessible to more people.