Exhibition Rendering the Future – Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting Exhibition
Curator(s) Curator: Yin Shuangxi

Invited Scholars: Liu Xiaochun, Pi Daojian, Hang Chunxiao

Artist Cai Xiaosong, Gu Wenda, Huang Zhiyang, Lan Zhenghui, Li Jin, Liu Dan, Liu Kuosung, Liu Qinghe, Pan Gongkai, Pan Hsinhua, Qin Feng, Qiu Deshu, Wang Huangsheng, Wang Tiande, Xu Bing, Xu Lei, Zheng Chongbin, Zhu Wei
duration 2014-06-14 ~ 2014-09-14
Opening 2014.06.21(Sat) 4:00PM

Asia Art Center (Beijing)

100015 No.2, Jiuxianqiao Rd., Dashanzi 798 Art District, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China

Rendering the Future – Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting Exhibition

The development of Contemporary Chinese ink art accelerated rapidly in the post-1980s with the onset of “urbanization”, revealing how the Chinese ink painting had already emerged from traditional literati and the cultural mode of survival to an expression of contemporary living, whereby the revolution in artistic language elicits the spiritual world of the contemporary public.

Chinese contemporary ink art since the 1990s has undergone unprecedented artistic transformation, with a multifaceted development of Chinese ink painting on the course to modernization. As ink painting has become contemporary, the process of transformation has been utterly and irreversibly transparent one, and collecting of the resultant Chinese contemporary arts has now matured, allowing for a complete understanding of contemporary Chinese ink painting, and observation and research on the contemporary transformation of Chinese ink arts.

The conceptual onset and use of contemporary arts represents a breakthrough in the current Chinese painting world, reflecting the influence of the incorporation of contemporary western art into China, and a Chinese domestic artistic desire for an innovative contemporary expression, while also evincing the developing trend of Chinese ink painting reaching out to the world.

In recent years a number of important international art exhibitions have expressed an interpretation and selection of Chinese “contemporary ink” painting from the perspective of western contemporary art. These exhibits have not relied on the more expected scope of Chinese painting or contemporary ink art, but have expanded their vision to include many diverse works (including installations, imagery, and performance art). So even if there is only broad visual connection to Chinese ink, many people have come to “associate” such works with the cultural and historic traditions of Chinese ink painting. These “contemporary ink painters” put their emphasis on “contemporary” more than “ink”, so their “contemporary arts” exhibitions have often overlooked the richness and complexity of contemporary Chinese arts.

Asia Art Center has always emphasized the conceptual mission of promoting the Spirit of the East, which is the contemporary aesthetic expressions based on our respect for our own traditional cultural heritage concepts and values, while incorporating oriental and western aesthetic visions. On June 21, 2014, we will host Rendering the Future: Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting Exhibition in Asia Art Center. Eighteen contemporary ink painters including the most representative artists in the field have been invited for this joint exhibition which aims to reinterpret contemporary Chinese ink from the perspective of the emerging global multiculturalism, incorporating such globalism into the transformation of national cultural themes (traditional culture and contemporary culture).

Among the artists in the joint exhibition, Liu Kuo-sung and Pan Gongkai are artists who have emerged from traditionalism to contemporary arts. They have expanded the content of Chinese painting, with Liu Kuo-sung refining breakthroughs in the expression of media and their abstract language, while Pan Gongkai has developed the spiritual sense of traditional Chinese ink painting. Gu Wenda and Xu Bing proceed from the perspective of contemporary art to critically engage the cultural and historical progress underlying Chinese painting, and exploring the possibility of artistic expression in a variety of ways to explain the era of globalization and cross-cultural understanding. Cai Xiaosong, Liu Dan, and Wang Tiande have deconstructed the lifestyles of Chinese literati and artists, pursuing a modern vision of the ancient literati’s favorite spiritual semiotic signs- gardens and forests, ancient scrolls, and stele rubbings. Lan Zhenghui, Zheng Chongbin, Qin Feng, and Wang Huangsheng have developed the art of abstractionist inkbrush painting to its extreme, while Qiu Deshu and Huang Zhiyang explored abstract combinations of color affecting the rich possibilities of abstractionism in Chinese painting. Liu Qinghe, Li Jin, Zhu Wei, and Pan Hsinhua, seek to personalize the experience and to express the modern people’s view of going beyond the mere everyday life, which contains self-deprecating humor, and reflects the Easterner’s playful approaches toward worldly values. Xu Lei adopts a detailed approach to painting traditional cultural elements which are transformed to symbols and fables of modern living, reflecting the modern transformation of an outstanding middle-aged artist renowned for detailed painting style, in a manner which has already emerged as a leading trend.

These artists’ work more than merely overturning traditional Chinese painting, instead reflect the trend of the contemporary spirit for a return to one’s roots in the Chinese cultural spirit. Their experimentation in Chinese painting reflects both their understanding and respect for the rich millennia of traditional Chinese culture. Most of these artists have a robust understanding in depth of western lifestyles and culture, as well as clear insights into the future trajectory of Chinese tradition. Their artistic exploration, has reorganized the visual sense of Chinese ink painting, and during this process has developed the future of the ink brush fine arts. “Rendering the Future” refers to how Chinese ink painting serves to nurture a rich oriental philosophy, mode of thought and cultural expression, which provides important resources to inform cultural development in the modern society. The continuing work of today’s outstanding ink artists has helped to greatly expand the space for the artistic language and expression of traditional ink painting, serving to reveal the profound potential of ink art in the future development of global culture. The exhibition will display the liveliness of contemporary Chinese ink in the backdrop of the global contemporary arts scene, promoting contemporary ink and its unique Chinese cultural values, contributing to further development of the contemporary perspective of the Chinese public.

Ying Shuangxi Professor of Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) and Curator


Zheng Chongbin  Line

Liu Kuo-sung  Space Series: The Red Sun Rising From Five Flower Pond

Liu Kuo-sung  Tibet Series: The Peak Surrounded by the Mountains

Liu Kuo-sung  Jiuzhaigou Valley Series: Green Water of Long Lake Melting into the Sky

Pan Gongka   Hidden Fragrance

Pan Gongka   Shadow-No.2

Cai Xiaosong  Planet-No.33

Cai Xiaosong  Elephant Rock

Xu Lei   Qi and Bone – Wu Zhen

Xu Lei   Qi and Bone – Inkstone Mountain

Wang Huangsheng   Moving Visions 101

Wang Huangsheng   Moving Visions 140408

Wang Huangsheng   Moving Visions 140501

Liu Dan  Cloud Root(2)

Liu Dan  Landscape in the Eye of the Beholder

Liu Dan  Dictionary

Gu Wenda     Retranslation & Rewriting of Tang Poem No.13    Tang Dynasty: Du Fu  A Spring View

Gu Wenda     Retranslation & Rewriting of Tang Poem No.33    Tang Dynasty: Yuan Zhen  The Summer Palace

Wang Tiande

Wang Tiande

Xu Bing  Seven Character Couplet in New English Calligraphy

Xu Bing  Revisit a Once Familiar Place

Xu Bing  New English Calligraphy·Dream Like Song(Three Poems)

Li Jin   A New Take on Scholars Collating Classic TextsⅡ

Liu Qinghe  Born in the Year of Horse

Liu Qinghe  Wen Jing

Liu Qinghe  Xiao Xue

Pan Hsinhua  Heaven and Earth (Three)

Pan Hsinhua  The Land Rich in Beauty

Pan Hsinhua  Whereabouts Unknown amidst Thick Clouds

Zhu Wei   Ink and Wash Research Lectures series

Zhu Wei   Ink and Wash Research Lectures series

Qin Feng  Desire Scenery Series 3500

Qin Feng  Desire Scenery Series 3501

Lan Zhenghui   Jump

Lan Zhenghui   Lovesickness

Huang Zhiyang  Zoon-Dreamscape No.1027

Huang Zhiyang  Three Marks· Movement No.1308

Qiu Deshu  Fission-Landscape 13-A48

Qiu Deshu  Fission-Landscape 2862

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