Scholars and artists gathered in Beijing for Rendering the Future – Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting Exhibition

Reinterpreting contemporary Chinese ink from the perspective of the emerging global multiculturalism
On the afternoon of June 21, 2014, Rendering the Future – Chinese Contemporary Ink Painting Exhibition was officially opened at Asia Art Center gallery in 798 Art District, Beijing. This group exhibition was curated by distinguished scholar Yin Shuangxi, with Liu Xiaochun, Pi Daojian, Hang Chunxiao as academic support.

Exhibited artists include: 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. 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).

On the eve of opening, curator, invited scholars, and artists were invited to attend a “Literati’s Gathering” to examine the past, present, and future of Chinese contemporary ink painting. Curator Yin Shuangxi then hosted the opening which drew much attention from the crowd, major international presses attended include: Chinese Culture Daily, Beijing Business, Beijing Youth Daily, Art Investment, Hi Art, Asian Art News, Collection Investment, CCTV, NETEASE Art, Artron, Vartcn, 99ys, and more.

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.

Exhibition opens until August 10, 2014.