Ink painting has been an important part of Singapore’s art history. Through his paintings and writings, Wu Guanzhong has been a major advocate and forerunner of synthesising Chinese art and Western modernism.
‘Wu Guanzhong: Beauty Beyond Form’ celebrates the opening of the Wu Guanzhong Gallery at the National Gallery Singapore. The exhibition will showcase works donated by the artist and his family to the National Collection. Of the more than 80 artworks on display, 22 are works on loan from key arts institutions in China and Hong Kong – National Art Museum of China, China Art Museum, Shanghai, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Zhejiang Art Museum and Nanjing Museum. The exhibition – one of the most comprehensive in recent times – will feature both oil and ink paintings, many of which would be on display for the first time in Singapore.
Among Wu’s renowned works on display come 26 November include Hometown Morning (1960), A Mountain Village of Guilin (1973), The Hometown of Luxun (1976), Mulberry Grove (1981), and Delicate Reflection, (2009) among many others.
One of the prominent artworks currently on display is Two Swallows (1981), said by Wu to be the “most outstanding and most representative” of all his works. Two Swallows is currently exhibited at the Wu Guanzhong Gallery till 15 February 2016, after which it will be returned to the Hong Kong Museum of Art. It will be replaced by seven new compelling artworks by the artist.
Venue: National Gallery Singapore, Wu Guanzhong Gallery
Hours: Sun-Thu and PH: 10am – 7pm
Fri-Sat, and Eve of PH: 10am – 10pm
When: 26 Nov 2015 - 25 Sep 2016,