Majestic Vistas: Selected Landscape Paintings from the Collection of the Art Museum, CUHK
Exhibition Period: From 19 August 2022 to 5 February 2023
Venue: Gallery I, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The exhibition features a selection of more than 40 Chinese landscape paintings, dating from the Yuan dynasty to the contemporary period, and showcasing distinctive styles and techniques. The “Majestic Vistas” of the exhibition title describes the gigantic size and composition of these large-scale landscape paintings. Visitors can embrace the beauty of both nature and arts when viewing the majestic vistas offered by the assorted landscape paintings.

The five exhibition zones also provide insights into Chinese landscape paintings from various perspectives – how painters learned the principles of landscape painting by making replicas of ancient masters’ works and emulated their use of the brush; how they established a delicate relationship with ancient masters by assimilating and reinterpreting the principles and techniques of their predecessors in their own way; how they conveyed their inner landscapes and expressed their values and personal feelings by depicting a visual world; how they recollected and learned from the natural beauty of the scenery they witnessed, and expressed it in their own artistic styles; and how contemporary painters explore the possibilities of creating landscape works with new angles, techniques and materials.

This is the Art Museum’s first exhibition of Chinese landscapes in almost two decades. Some of the paintings are being revealed to the public for the first time. Apart from masterpieces by famous painters, such as Shen Hao’s "After Huang Gongwang’s Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains", Ting Yin-yung’s "Endless Spring Mountains", Jao Tsung-i's "After Cao Zhibai’s Landscape", Liu Kuo-sung’s "Sun Sets, Sand Brightens, Sky Opens the Other Way" and Wucius Wong’s "Journeying Ten Thousand Miles to the Source", the exhibition also showcases pieces attributed to some of the biggest names in art history, as well as works by anonymous artists. Through this exhibition, each of the pieces can be re-examined for its own artistic and historical value.

In addition, by providing inspiration for Hong Kong artists, this exhibition ties in with the group show "Seon1: Cultural Symbols of Chinese Landscape Painting" (Click here for details) from the "Archaic Curator Series" co-organised by the Art Museum and the Oil Street Art Space (Oi!), introducing in great detail 16 types of texture strokes used on landscapes. By scanning the QR codes at the exhibition corner “Texture Strokes”, visitors can watch the demonstration videos featuring Professor Tong Kam-tang painting different types of texture strokes.

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Lecture Series: Click here for details 

All members of the public are welcome. Entry is free. 

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