Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904–1965)

When 16 Oct 2011 - 8 Jan 2012
Where Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
United States
Enquiry 216 421 7350

Fu Baoshi, Heaven and Earth Glowing Red, 1964. Courtesy of the artist and Cleveland Museum of Art

October 16, 2011–January 8, 2012

Press Release:

This international loan exhibition organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art features extraordinary works of art by the major modern Chinese master Fu Baoshi. It examines his artistic career through an overview of his work dating from the 1920s to 1965. By situating Fu Baoshi within the art-historical, social, political, and cultural contexts in which his art was created, a fascinating story is told of the artist’s struggle and political reconciliation in a time of war and revolution. It reveals the complexity of art and politics in China’s turbulent twentieth century. From traditional-style landscape and figure paintings to political artwork manifesting state ideology, a wide variety of work demonstrates the artist’s search for a unique artistic language that speaks for the self and the nation, providing an important insight into his use of native tradition to present modern Chinese art as distinct from Western and international socialist art. This exhibition is the first collaboration between the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Nanjing Museum, a venerable Chinese museum that currently houses the most significant and comprehensive collection of Fu Baoshi’s artwork donated by the Fu family.

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