Classic works of Lingnan School Painting on show

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Duration: Until October 9, 2016 

Venue: Lingnan Art Gallery, Guangzhou Museum of Art

How to get there: Take bus No. 63, 245, Tourist Bus No. 1 and get off at Luhu Park (Guangzhou Museum of Art) station; or take bus No. 10, 63, 297, 808, 883 and get off at Guangdong Second Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital station; or take bus No. 109, 110, 184 and get off at Hengzhigang station. 

In the early 1920s, the Lingnan Painting School with a slogan “Art Revolution” was born in Guangdong. During a century of development, a great number of excellent painters emerged. Founder of the School, namely Gao Jianfu, Chen Shuren and Gao Qifeng were members of the Chinese Revolutionary Alliance. They followed Dr. Sun Yat-sen in the early period of the revolution. 

Because of their advanced pursuit in politics and dissatisfaction in the conservative tradition of Chinese artists at that time, they also advocated an art revolution, proposing that Chinese painters should learn from foreign painting skills. Huge momentum and influence were made among the art circle in China then. 

The second-generation representatives of the School like Guan Shanyue, Li Xiongcai, Zhao Shao’ang, Huang Shaoqiang and Yang Shanshen have inherited and developed the revolutionary thinking of its founders. They opened a new page for the School with their individual styles, becoming outstanding icons in contemporary Chinese art circle.

The Lingnan School of Painting had been a group of artists with most innovative spirits in modern and contemporary Chinese art circle. They contributed enormously to the transformation and development of contemporary Chinese painting. The School’s concepts of revealing reality, facing common people and suiting both refined and popular tastes, still has practical significance today.

This exhibition is held to promote art development in Lingnan area and let more and more people know about the School. 

(By Monica, adapted from Guangzhou Museum of Art)

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