Elegance and Savour – Life and Wisdom in Chinese Culture

The exhibition aims to introduce you to China’s rich and unique culture by presenting selected aspects of Chinese landscapes, plants and animals, festivities, historical customs and conventions, Chinese day-to-day life, the world of literary figures, signs of the Zodiac, Taoism and Buddhism as well as by highlighting the respective symbolism. This objective is achieved through paintings of the highest quality, created by very famous Chinese artists. These include art works created since Ming and Qing
Dynasties, as well as brilliant masters of the twentieth-century China, such as Qi Baishi, Li Ke‘ran and Guan Liang, those who like stars in the night, light up the spirit world of Chinese culture. This combination of extremely important masterpieces from the collection of the Beijing Fine Art Academy and unique insights into China’s rich culture together with interpretations of the symbolism is being shownoutside China for the first time.

   

Returned Cattle in Sunset, Chinese Zodiac Animals Album, 2 of 12
Qi Baishi, Colours on paper, 67.5×33 cm, 1938
Collected by Beijing Fine Art Academy

© Beijing Fine Art Academy

 

Hen and Chickens, Chinese Zodiac Animals Album, 10 of 12
Qi Baishi, Chinese ink on paper, 68.3×33.5 cm, 1943
Collected by Beijing Fine Art Academy

© Beijing Fine Art Academy

   
   
Cheng Yanqiu on the Stage
Ye Qianyu, Colours on paper, 98×51 cm, 1959
Collected by Beijing Fine Art Academy
© Beijing Fine Art Academy
 

Stronger with Age
Qi Baishi, Colours on paper, 91×48 cm, undated
Collected by Beijing Fine Art Academy
© Beijing Fine Art Academy

 
   
   

Double Mantis
Qi Baishi, Colours on paper, 69.5×35 cm, undated
Collected by Beijing Fine Art Academy
© Beijing Fine Art Academy

 
 

Shi Tao in Painting
Qi Baishi, Colours on paper, 26.5×33 cm, 1935
Collected by Beijing Fine Art Academy
© Beijing Fine Art Academy

 
   
   

Monkey Stoles Peach, Chinese Zodiac Animals Album, 9 of 12
Qi Baishi, Colours on paper, 68×33.5 cm, 1944
Collected by Beijing Fine Art Academy
© Beijing Fine Art Academy

 

Red Plum Blossom
Qi Baishi, Colours on paper, 176.5×47.5 cm, undated
Collected by Beijing Fine Art Academy
© Beijing Fine Art Academy

 
   
   

Landscape Album: Traveling Consciously, 11 of 16
Wang Hui (Inscript), Colours on silk, 31.5×21 cm, Qing Dynasty
Collected by Beijing Fine Art Academy
© Beijing Fine Art Academy

 
 Landscape Album: Traveling Consciously, 14 of 16
Wang Hui (Inscript), Colours on silk, 31.5×21 cm, Qing Dynasty
Collected by Beijing Fine Art Academy
© Beijing Fine Art Academy
   

Roles in Chinese Opera
Guan Liang, Colours on paper, 34.5×35.5 cm, 1953
Collected by Beijing Fine Art Academy
© Beijing Fine Art Academy