Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China

When 11 Dec 2013 - 6 Apr 2014
Where The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Galleries 206–220
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
New York, NY 10028
United States

Zhang Huan (Chinese, b. 1965). Family Tree; 张洹 家谱, 2001. Nine chromogenic prints; each 21 x 16 1/2 in. (53.3 x 41.9 cm). Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund

December 11, 2013 – April 6, 2014

Press Release:

The exhibition will present seventy works by thirty-five contemporary artists active in China and abroad during the past three decades. Organized into four thematic groupings—the written word, new landscapes, abstraction, and beyond the brush—the exhibition seeks to demonstrate that China’s ancient cultural pattern of seeking renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path. Much more than a continuation of earlier art forms, this process embraces radical abstractions, subversions, or reinterpretations of traditional idioms as viable ways to define artistic identity that are quintessentially Chinese. Although the artists considered have all transformed their sources through new modes of expression, one may recognize thematic, aesthetic, or technical attributes in their creations that have meaningful links to China’s artistic past.

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