Past Exhibitions

The Paintings of Wu Guanzhong

No.2 Special Exhibition Hall, 1F
2018.10.17 -
2019.01.10

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. 

Pharaohs, Gods and Mummies:Ancient Egyptian Finds Exhibition

No.1 Special Exhibition Hall, 1F
2018.09.28 -
2018.12.05

The body of a woman bent with her arms on the ground, her head marking the western border of the sky, while her arms limit the eastern one. This is how ancient Egyptians represented the sky, with the arched goddess Nut, who cyclically gives birth to the sun every morning. This is the starting moment of the journey in Egypt. On both sides of the Nile, the mother river of Egypt, plants grew in the fertile soil. The peasants supported the economic lifeline of the whole country through their hard work while senior officials lived a luxurious and dissipated life under the shade of garden trees. The quietly standing pyramids convey Pharaohs’ hope for immortality, and the stone pillars of temples contain the millenary history of this ancient country. The solar calendar tells extraordinary wisdom and the hieroglyphic has left behind the legend of ages. …… From desolation to prosperity, from ignorance to civilization, from simple lines to complex patterns, from frugal grave mounds to lofty palaces, all this contributed to the great civilization of Ancient Egypt.  Hunan Museum, together with Henan Museum, Shanxi Museum, Liaoning Museum and Guangdong Museum, cooperating with the Museo Egizio, Turin, who holds the second largest ancient Egyptian collection, organized this ancient Egypt finds exhibition. More than 230 precious Egyptian artifacts from Nile river region with deep and profound history and culture, started from the northern ancient city of Italy, Turin, traveled to the east through the new Silk Road, and now display the mysterious and fascinating life, belief and rituals.

Exhibition of Liu Hongzhou’s Paintings

No.2 Special Exhibition Hall, 1F
2018.08.20 -
2018.09.01

Born in Fenghuang County (western part of Hunan Province), Liu has distinguished himself as an artist through continuous exploration into realms that have never been set foot on before. By blending together the seemingly incompatible fine and freehand brushwork, the essence of murals in Han and Tang Dynasty as well as that of Western works, he created volumes of flower and bird—themed paintings, ushering a new world where the traditional art encounters with the passionate modern colors. His early life experience and painstaking study of different skills, together with his unique tentacle for art, helped to shape the vast landscape as well as the exquisite figures in his works,as was once remarked by Huang Yongyu,a renowned artist in China:“One can tell that his works share a lot with his personality: modesty, serenity,abundance and precision. Plainly and fully revealing the traditional techniques and his modern awareness, these works are readily accessible and quite respectable. ”

Exhibition of Ke Tongzhi’s Paintings

No.2 Special Exhibition Hall, 1F
2018.07.17 -
2018.07.31

Ke Tongzhi is an artist who shows unstoppable enthusiasm in the innovation of Chinese paintings. Featured with plainness and straightforwardness, his works are brimming with vitality, which is well revealed in the abundantly colored  images and the way they are presented. The fine contrast between the colorful flowers and birds and the traditional  Chinese brushwork brings about great artistic tension, well reflecting the devotion and dedication of the artist. 

“My Future My Will”: International Children’s Paintings Exhibition

No.2 Special Exhibition Hall, 1F
2018.05.21 -
2018.06.30

After birth, children begin to explore and try to understand the world by placing the “self” at the foundation of perception. At first, they cannot draw the boundary between themselves and the world. Then gradually, they learn to observe and describe the world from the perspective of “me”. Even if they can’t express themselves in words clearly, they will draw things whenever they pick up pens. During their growth, they learn to draw objects by using signs and express their feelings with brushes. They represent the real “self” by painting in their own way as kids.

The paintings of Huang Dingchu

No.2 Special Exhibition Hall,1F
2018.04.19 -
2018.05.10

Far beyond a faithful reproduction of outside world, Huang Dingchu's paintings, with skillful, dynamic brushwork and ingenuous yet connotation-loaded images, are imbued with poetic beauty of traditional Chinese ink painting and profound culture of Hunan area.