First city show for an­cient mas­ter

Iran Daily - - Cultural Heritage & Environment -

The first ex­hi­bi­tion de­voted to the work of an­cient Shang­hai pain­ter Dong Qichang (1555-1636) has opened at Shang­hai Mu­seum and fea­tures the most com­plete col­lec­tion of his work ever brought to­gether.

It in­cludes 154 ex­hibits from mu­se­ums and in­sti­tu­tions such as the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art in New York and the Tokyo Na­tional Art Mu­seum, shine.cn wrote.

Yang Zhi­gang, di­rec­tor of the mu­seum, said the ex­hi­bi­tion — The Fer­ry­man of Ink World: Dong Qichang’s Cal­lig­ra­phy and Paint­ing Art — was not just about the Songjiang-born artist but the Jiang­nan cul­ture he rep­re­sented.

Dong was heav­ily in­flu­enced by his pre­de­ces­sors while cre­at­ing his own dis­tinc­tive plain style and came up with a num­ber of highly in­flu­en­tial the­o­ries on paint­ing and cal­lig­ra­phy.

Many mas­ter­pieces known to have in­spired Dong are also on show, such as ‘Fuchun Shan Ju Tu’, or Dwelling in the Fuchun Moun­tains, which is of­ten cited as the epit­ome of tra­di­tional land­scape paint­ing, as well as cal­lig­ra­phy by ‘the sage of cal­lig­ra­phy’ Wang Xizhi (303-361 CE) and Yan Zhen­qing (709-785 CE).

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run through March 10, but some 40 bor­rowed ex­hibits will be re­turned to their home col­lec­tions be­fore then.

WANG RONGJIANG / SHINE

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