HK’s largest Chi­nese ink paint­ing ex­hi­bi­tion opens

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By DARA WANG and NORA ZHENG in Hong Kong Con­tact the writer at chen­nan@chi­nadaily.com.cn Con­tact the writ­ers at dara@chi­nadai­lyhk.com PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

The city’s largest ex­hi­bi­tion of Chi­nese ink paint­ings will be un­veiled on to­day (Fri­day). Se­lected from 1,500 art­works, Ink Global presents 500 mas­ter­pieces by artists from 15 coun­tries and re­gions at the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

He Ji­ay­ing’s Au­tumn is es­ti­mated to have the high­est value, HK$30 mil­lion, among all the ex­hibits. His work de­picts a girl wear­ing a white sweater med­i­tat­ing un­der a tree in fall.

He told China Daily he uses the em­bossed paint­ing tech­nique, an an­cient Chi­nese method that high­lights the de­tails of the knit. Peo­ple can see the coarse sur­face of the sweater, said He, who wants to en­cour­age view­ers to look closely at his work.

Pig­ment suf­fuses ev­ery cor­ner of He’s paint­ing with­out leav­ing any blanks. The pur­plish sky sur­rounds the girl sit­ting on high ground with­out any gap. He said it is very un­com­mon to leave no blanks in a Chi­nese ink paint­ing. In this way, He said he wanted to re­de­fine the space and in­spire peo­ple to reimag­ine the re­la­tion­ship of the sky and the ground.

Ex­hi­bi­tion Cu­ra­tor Kwok Ho-mun said it is the first time an­i­mals are in­cluded as a ma­jor theme in the ex­hi­bi­tion of mod­ern Chi­nese ink paint­ings. Tra­di­tional ink paint­ing only has land­scape, por­traits, and birds and en­tire 19th cen­tury is gath­ered in one fo­cal point.

This in­di­cates that the opera was a turn­ing point in Western per­form­ing arts.

“Ev­ery­thing comes to­gether in opera — bal­let, poem, drama and theater,” says Tre­lin­sky in Bei­jing.

Tris­tan und Isolde is a “rev­o­lu­tion” be­cause af­ter this opera, Western com­posers changed their ap­proach to the art form, he says.

In most op­eras and mu­si­cals, it is very clear when an aria, duet, cho­rus, over­ture, or other en­sem­ble ends, but Wag­ner blurred th­ese Ti­tus

The show sees the Shan­dong Ac­ro­batic Troupe and the China Arts En­ter­tain­ment Group put through their paces by chore­og­ra­pher Patti Colombo and di­rec­tor Shanda Sawyer.

he Shang­hai Theater Academy will put on an ex­per­i­men­tal Pek­ing Opera adap­ta­tion of Anton Chekhov’s one­act play The Fools at Grass­mar­ket.

Shen­zhen mu­si­cians’ col­lec­tive the Al­liance Art Group will put on New City New Sound, a crossover con­cert that mixes Chi­nese folk with world mu­sic, at the Royal Ter­race on Sun­day and Mon­day.

The Zhuo Pei Li Can­tonese Opera Work­shop takes its adap­ta­tion of “The Scot­tish Play”, Shake­speare’s Mac­beth, to the New Town The­atre on Mon­day and Tues­day.

The Shaanxi Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre’s Trea­sure Trove of Shad­ows fol­lows the rugged life of a Chi­nese pup­pet master dur­ing World War II. It runs from Aug 20-28 at C Venues. flow­ers as the themes.

Huang Jiongqing’s paint­ing Mother and Son, fea­tur- bound­aries.

Tre­lin­sky says that un­like in many other ro­man­tic sto­ries, in which lovers want to live to­gether, the main char­ac­ters of the opera’s story hoped to be united in death.

“Fall­ing in love for them was like poi­son. But this opera shows that love can be as strong as death,” he says.

The di­rec­tor gives a con­tem­po­rary fla­vor to the stage and cos­tume de­signs.

“Although it’s com­pli­cated and dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand, the au­di­ence will be im­pressed by this mas­ter­piece, which presents a cine- ing horses, ex­presses the joy and pride of Hong Kong’s re­turn to the moth­er­land. matic feel­ing,” says Tre­lin­sky.

In March 2016, a ver­sion of the opera, pro­duced by the Metropoli­tan Opera, Teatr Wielki-Pol­ish Na­tional Opera and Fest­spiel­haus BadenBaden Opera pre­miered at the Fest­spiel­haus Baden-Baden, one of Ger­many’s largest opera and con­cert houses. It was staged in War­saw and New York in June and Septem­ber last year.

Amer­i­can tenor Jay Hunter Mor­ris plays the role of Tris­tan, with Dan­ish so­prano Ann Petersen as Isolde.

“Of all the bless­ings in my life, my wife, my chil­dren and The horse is of­ten used as a sym­bol of suc­cess and plea­sure in Chi­nese cul­ture. In Huang’s paint­ing a colt (young male horse), hav­ing en­dured suf­fer­ing, re­turns to the warm em­brace of his mother and re­gains sup­port and com­fort. Here Huang bor­rows a Chi­nese id­iom of suc­cess be­ing at­tained upon the ar­rival of a horse to com­mem­o­rate the 20 th an­niver­sary of Hong Kong’s re­turn to the moth­er­land.

Other high­lights in­clude Hi­bis­cus Pick­ing by Huang Yongyu, 93, the old­est painter to par­tic­i­pate in the Ink Global show. With stroke tex­ture and bright col­ors, the flow­ers look more en­er­getic un­der Wong’s paint brush.

Kwok said with a high ev­ery­thing, one of the great­est joys is that I can stay in this busi­ness long enough to play the role of Tris­tan,” says Mor­ris, who is known for his per­for­mance in the Metropoli­tan Opera’s 2011–12 se­ries of Wag­ner’s Ring Cy­cle.

“He (Tris­tan) is the op­po­site of who I am. It’s quite chal­leng­ing to play him,” Mor­ris says of the sad­ness of the char­ac­ter.

“The mu­sic is so beau­ti­ful and emo­tion­ally chal­leng­ing (for the tenor).” stan­dards, the ex­hi­bi­tion will be a mile­stone in the his­tory of Chi­nese ink paint­ing. “We are reach­ing the se­cond-high­est peak in Chi­nese ink paint­ing’s his­tory af­ter the Song D ynasty (960–1279),” Kwok said.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Jao Tsung-i, a world renowned scholar on tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture, will visit the ex­hi­bi­tion on Satur­day. Other guests i nclude law­mak­ers, se­nior of­fi­cials pro­mot­ing cul­ture, arts, youth ed­u­ca­tion and renowned pain­ters.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be open from to­day (Fri­day) to Tues­day. An­dron­i­cus2.0.

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A vis­i­tor ap­pre­ci­ates a crane and lo­tus paint­ing at the Ink Global art ex­hi­bi­tion at the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre on Thurs­day. The ex­hi­bi­tion opens to the public from to­day (Fri­day) un­til noon on Tues­day.

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