Brush and Ink: Chinese Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art Selected by Pan Gongkai,
April 29, 2016 through September 05, 2016
More than 40 works from the Museum’s broad holdings of Chinese paintings are showcased in this exhibition. Recent scholarly studies, including an assessment, have renewed interest in the Museum’s rarely exhibited Chinese treasures. In presenting Brush and Ink: Chinese Paintings from The San Diego Museum of Art Selected by Pan Gongkai the Museum hopes to foster awareness and encourage further research into this important part of the Museum’s collection.
Curated by contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai, the works have been selected to highlight the artistry of the traditional technique of brush and ink painting from the 15th century to the present. Hanging scrolls, hand scrolls, fans and Pan’s own monumental painting, made for The San Diego Museum of Art in 2015, illustrate stylistic trends but also the remarkable continuity of Chinese ink painting.
Featured are works by famous Suzhou artists of the Ming Dynasty, such as Wen Zhengming (featured below) and Shen Zhou, by imperial court painters and Buddhist monks of the Qing Dynasty, such as Wang Yuanqi and Kun Can, and by modern masters Zhang Daqian and Qi Baishi.
Pan Gongkai is former president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. He has represented China at the 2011 and 2015 Venice Biennales and has had many solo and group exhibitions worldwide.