A selection of over 40 Chinese landscape paintings, ranging from the Yuan dynasty to the contemporary period, are on display in this exhibition. The phrase “Majestic Vistas” in the exhibition title conjures up the gigantic size or imposing composition of large-scale landscape paintings. Visitors can embrace the beauty of nature and arts when viewing the majestic vistas offered by the assorted landscape paintings.
Not only does the exhibition showcase large-scale works, it also provides various perspectives on understanding Chinese landscape paintings:
How painters learned the principles of landscape painting through copying ancient masters’ works and emulated their use of the brush; how painters established a delicate elusive relationship with ancient masters by assimilating and reinterpreting the principles and techniques of their predecessors and expressing them in their own way; how painters conveyed the inner landscape of their mind and expressed their values and personal feelings by means of the depiction of a visionary world; how painters remembered and learned from the natural beauty of the scenery they travelled through, expressed in their own artistic style; and how contemporary painters explore the possibilities of creating landscape paintings through new angles, with new techniques and materials.
This is the Art Museum’s first exhibition on Chinese landscapes in almost 20 years, and some of the paintings are revealed to the public for the first time. Apart from masterpieces by famous painters, this exhibition also showcases works by anonymous artists or pieces attributed to some of the biggest names in art history. Through this research exhibition, each of the collections can be re-examined for its own artistic and historical value.
In addition, by providing a source of materials and inspiration for Hong Kong artists, this exhibition ties in with the group show “Seon1: Cultural Symbols of Chinese Landscape Painting”* from the “Archaic Curator Series,” co-organised by the Art Museum, and the Oil Street Art Space (Oi!), displaying the natural charm that lingers forever in Chinese landscape paintings.
Open to public. Free Admission.
*Exhibition details to be announced later