Chi­nese and South Korean artists show their works in Bei­jing

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE | CULTURE - By LIN QI

There’s been a rise in ex­changes be­tween Chi­nese and South Korean cul­tural cir­cles in the past fewyears.

This in­cludes of­fi­cial events such as an ex­hi­bi­tion of con­tem­po­rary sculp­tures that is now be­ing held at the Shan­dong Art Mu­seum in East China’s Ji­nan city and an­other ex­hi­bi­tion of clas­si­cal Chi­nese, Korean and Ja­panese paint­ings from the 15th cen­tury to the 19th cen­tury at Bei­jing’s Na­tional Mu­seum of China.

Ex­changes at the grass­roots level also bring artists of the two coun­tries to­gether— and an ex­hi­bi­tion in Bei­jing’s Songzhuang art dis­trict is do­ing just that. The China-Korea Art Ex­change Ex­hi­bi­tion is show­ing paint­ings and cal­li­graphic pieces that re­veal sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences in art of the two coun­tries.

Some 60 artists from both coun­tries have in­ter­preted East Asian cul­tural fea­tures in their mod­ern works on show here. The Korean Fine Arts As­so­ci­a­tion’s Pyeong­taek branch ini­ti­ated the ex­hi­bi­tion by bring­ing dozens of artists who are ac­tive in pro­duc­ing oil works, ink paint­ings and wa­ter­color works.

Bei­jing’s Fine Arts Equiv­a­lence Gallery, where the ex­hi­bi­tion is be­ing held, has pre­sented Chi­nese artists with dif­fer­ent ori­en­ta­tions of con­tem­po­rary art, the cur­rent show cu­ra­tor Bai Yefu says.

Many fea­tured Chi­nese artists are still in their 20s and 30s, and their works demon­strate an ex­per­i­men­tal spirit, he says.

Poon Kan-chi, 29, a Bei­jing­based artist orig­i­nally from Hong Kong, shows one paint­ing from her Dragon­fly 03 se­ries in the cur­rent China-Korea ex­hi­bi­tion. In the work she cre­ated ear­lier this year, she por­trays a vividly col­or­ful scene in which a dragon­fly is sur­rounded by clus­ters of flow­ers, through which she ad­dresses the in­ti­macy of “pri­vate space in a 9 am-6 pm, through Nov 20. Block C 106, Shangpu Art Zone, Songzhuang, Tongzhou dis­trict, Bei­jing. 010-8951-5019. rapidly chang­ing world”, she says.

Poon also works with dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture and video through which she ex­presses peo­ple’s pur­suit of per­sonal iden­tity.

“Young artists boast great vi­tal­ity in try­ing var­i­ous medi­ums and­ways of ex­pres­sion,” says Bai. “The dis­tinc­tive­ness of their ap­proaches shows a broader vi­sion be­cause of their ex­po­sure to global art since an early age. They also gain strength from cul­tural tra­di­tions and such ex­po­sure will only take them to higher lev­els.”

Korean artists in­clude Yeon Soonok, who is pre­sent­ing a tra­di­tional ink paint­ing of bam­boo, a shared cul­tural sym­bol of “right­eous­ness” in East Asia; and Hwang Jea-sung whose oil on can­vas has an­i­ma­tion char­ac­ters in a dream se­quence, ex­plor­ing the dis­tinc­tion be­tween fan­tasy and re­al­ity.

Bai says works like Yeon’s paint­ing speak to long-stand­ing cul­tural links in this part of the world: Chi­nese literati paint­ing reached a peak dur­ing the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dy­nas­ties, and in­flu­enced­manyKorean artistswho fur­ther de­vel­oped a style of their own.

The Korean works will travel to other cities, in­tro­duc­ing the di­ver­sity of con­tem­po­rary Korean art to more Chi­nese who know a lot about the coun­try’s TV dra­mas, pop cul­ture and cos­met­ics.

9 am-6 pm, through Nov 20. Block C 106, Shangpu Art Zone, Songzhuang, Tongzhou dis­trict, Bei­jing. 010-8951-5019.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

The China-Kore­aArtEx­changeEx­hi­bi­tion shows paint­ings and cal­li­graphic works by artists from the two coun­tries.

WANG KAIHAO / CHINA DAILY

Tadrin Phuntsok is one of the best pot­tery mak­ers in Nixi town­ship, Yun­nan province. His family has car­ried on the crafts­man­ship for gen­er­a­tions.

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