Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China – A Landmark Exhibition at the MET

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China — a unique exhibition that will feature a collection of Chinese-influenced works — will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art starting December 11th.

Curated by Maxwell H. Kearn, the landmark exhibit will display work by thirty-five remarkable artists, all of whom were born in China. It will showcase art in over seventy forms, from paintings, videos, and photographs, to woodblock prints and calligraphy.

The magnificent exposition — which will feature art by Ai Weiwei, Liu Dan, Xu Bing, Zhang Yu, Gu Wenda, Qiu Anxiong, and Wang Dongling, among a slew of others — will aim to reflect how China’s, “ancient pattern of seeking cultural renewal through the reinterpretation of past models” remains a rich channel for creativity in modern day.

The art showcase will be sectioned into four parts: The Written Word, which pays homage to China’s highest form of artistic expression, writing;  New Landscapes, which will seek to highlight the diverse methods in which contemporary artists have garnered inspiration from earlier works and themes; Abstraction, a technique that lays at the heart of Chinese painting and calligraphy; and Beyond the Brush, which will display works that don’t fall under any of the above-listed categories, yet possess an ink art aesthetic due to their linkage with Chinese sponsors and literati.


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