Wu Yi, “Night”, ink on paper, 70×140 cm, 2012

Jointly hosted by Hubei Museum of Art, Today Art Museum and 99ys.com, “Re Ink: Invitational Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Painting 2000-2012 ” will be held at Hubei Museum of Art from December 28, 2012 and at Today Art Museum from April 18, 2013 respectively. The opening is held at Hubei Museum of Art at 10:30 am on December 28, 2012. Lu Hong, Art Director of Shenzhen Art Museum, serving as its curator, Ji Shaofeng, Deputy Director of Hubei Museum of Art, serving as its academic advisor, the exhibition features more than 200 pieces of work themed on “ink and wash” by 62 contemporary artists from across China.

More than 20 important art critics from across China were invited to attend the symposium of “Re Ink: Invitational Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Painting 2000-2012”, an important academic discussion, at the Art Exchange Center of Hubei Museum of Art at 14:00 pm on December 28.

“Re Ink” is divided into four parts. First of all, there is a “Special Invited Exhibition” featuring the works by some outstanding Chinese oil painters, under the guidance of new ideas, learning from the nutrition of traditional ink and wash, it is of great significance to explore new possibilities in ink and wash painting, it is for sure that their works shall inspire the creations of the artists of New Chinese ink and wash. Secondly, because some outstanding artists of installation and video have done well to transform the elements of ink and wash into their works during their exploration, there is the “Exhibition Related to Ink and Wash”, the first unit of which features the installations related to ink and wash, and the second one features videos related to ink and wash. Their works make it clear that: the connotation of the concept of ink and wash painting has expanded to “ink and wash art” from “ink and wash painting”, from the two-dimensional to the three-dimensional. Thirdly, the main exhibition is the “Exhibition for Exploring New Ink and Wash”. The first unit features the works of the new expression of abstract ink and wash in the new century, and second one focuses on displaying the figure creations in the new styles that are closely related to current culture and especially to contemporary urban culture. Through this part of the works, we will be able to discover that artists pay more and more attention to traditional aesthetic pursuits and writing approaches, along with drawing in a variety of new art styles. Finally, there is the “Cutting-Edge Exhibition of Ink and Wash”, featuring the works by young artists, growing up with the development of electronic, commercialization and urbanization. Obviously, their works focus on a microeconomic experience and micro-narrative, and the images are also different from the previous generation of artists’.

If modern ink and wash paintings in the modernism stage and precious Chinese paintings are collectively called the Ink, then Re Ink then there is a strong post-modern use of colors, it does not really return to Ink, instead, subverting and beyond Ink, it not only breaks through and beyond the ideology and media form, but also reconstructs a new field, which subverts the evaluation criteria and educational system of “Chinese painting”. Thus, Re Ink is a future-oriented dynamic concept, without an absolute answer, instead it proposes the possibilities of Ink in the future on the topic of ink.

Therefore, “Re Ink: Invitational Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Painting 2000-2012” should gain wide attention from insiders and the public.

About the exhibition

Title: Re Ink: Invitational Exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Ink and Wash Painting 2000-2012

Venue and time: Hubei Museum of Art (Wuhan) December 28, 2012 – March 3, 2013 Today Art Museum (Beijing) April 1, 2013 – April 18, 2013 Opening Ceremony in Hubei Province: at 10:30 am on December 28, 2012 Opening Ceremony Venue: at Public Hall on the first floor of Hubei Museum of Art Discussion Time: 14:00 pm, December 28, 2012

Discussion Location: Art Exchange Center on the fourth floor of Hubei Museum of Art Artists: (62 artists in total)

I Special Invited Exhibition (7 artists)

Fang Lijun, Zhang Dali, Shang Yang, Luo Zhongli, Yue Minjun, Zhou Chunya, Zeng Fanzhi

II Exhibition for Exploring New Ink and Wash

  i.  New Experience of Ink (14 artists)

Wang Chuan, Wang Linxu, Liu Guosong, Liu Zijian, Chen Jianhui, Li Huasheng, Zhang Yu, Shen Aiqi, Shao Yan, Zhou Shaohua, Hong Yao, Liang Quan, Huang Zexiong, Wei Qingji

  ii. New Imagery of Ink (17 artists)

Lu Fusheng, Liu Qinghe, Zhu Wei, Yang Shizhi, Li Xiaoxuan, Li Jin, Shao Ge, Shen Qin, Zhou Yong, Zhou Jingxin, Wu Yi, Zheng Qiang, Nan Ci, Huang Yihan, Zhang Yanzi, Jiang Shiguo, Jin Weihong

III Exhibition Related to Ink and Wash

   i.  Video of Ink (7 artists)

Liu Xuguang, Yang Guoxin, Qiu Zhijie, Qiu Anhong, Jin Jiangbo, Yuan Xiaofang, Liang Lanbo

ii. Installation of Ink (8 artists)

Lu Hao, Shi Lei, Zuo Zhengyao, Gu Wenda, Xu Bing, Yuan Gong, Peng Wei, Wei Guangqing

IV Cutting-Edge Exhibition of Ink and Wash (9 artists)

Wang Min, Yan Yongjun, Li Jun, Li Tingting, Shen Qin, Yang Shewei, Yang Peng, Cui Qiang, Peng Zhenzhong

Courtesy Hubei Museum of Art, translated by Chen Peihua and edited by Sue/CAFA ART INFO.

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