Chen Lyusheng’s calligraphy.
A photo of the Louvre Museum by Chen Lyusheng.
A winter jasmine painting by Chen Lyusheng.
Former National Museum of China vice director Chen Lyusheng is exhibiting his paintings, calligraphic works and photos at three museums in Shenzhen.
Chen is a prolific artist and well-established critic, curator and collector. Born in Yangzhong, Jiangsu Province in 1956, he was awarded a master’s degree in art history and theory from Nanjing University of Arts in 1985. He has worked at the People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, Academy of Chinese Painting and National Art Museum of China. He also has a private oil lamp museum in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, housing 4,000 antique oil lamps that he collected.
At the Guan Shanyue Art Museum, Chen is showcasing his winter jasmine watercolor paintings and Chinese scholar tree and landscape ink paintings. Chen said that Chinese scholar trees are able to adapt to the dry and cold climate in the north, thus showing an easy-going spirit that he admires. “I spent six years observing Chinese scholar trees on my way to work every day. Nowadays many artists focus too much on painting techniques while forgetting the essence of art. I was inspired by the trees’ spirit and then expressed it in my paintings,” said Chen.
He uses simple strokes in his black and white landscape paintings, showing a solitary world. His winter jasmine paintings give off a refreshing and warm feeling.
Chen’s 45 seal script calligraphic works of ancient philosopher Wang Yangming’s epigrams are on display at Shenzhen Art Museum. Wang (1472-1529) developed the idea of innate knowing, arguing that every person knows from birth the difference between good and evil. Wang claimed that such knowledge was intuitive and not rational. These revolutionary ideas later inspired prominent Japanese thinkers like Motoori Norinaga. It also greatly influenced Japanese samurai ethics.
Chen is also an expert in museology. He has visited more than 200 museums across the world and taken tens of thousands of photos on museum architecture. His photo exhibition includes 30 museum photos and landscape photos taken in Angkor Wat, a world-famous temple complex in Cambodia.
Dates: Until June 18
Venue: Guan Shanyue Art Museum, 6026 Hongli Road, Futian District (福田区红荔路6026号关山月美术馆)
Metro: Line 3 or 4, Children’s Palace Station (少年宫站), Exit B
Dates: Until June 18
Venue: Shenzhen Art Museum, inside Donghu Park, Aiguo Road, Luohu District (罗湖区爱国路东湖公园内深圳美术馆)
Metro: Line 5 or 7, Tai’an Station (太安站), Exit C and then take a taxi
Dates: Until July 7
Venue: Yuezhong Museum of Historical Images, 1106 Honggang Road North, Luohu District (罗湖区红岗北路1106号越众历史影像馆)
Metro: Line 3, Caopu Station (草埔站), Exit D
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