(Featured image: A Canal in Shaoxing, by Wu Guanzhong (1977))
The “Beauty in the New Era” exhibition, held from May 4 to July 28, features nearly 90 masterpieces by various contemporary masters from the collection of the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), including masterpieces by Qi Baishi, Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong, Liu Haisu, Lin Fengmian, Fu Baoshi, Li Keran, among others, providing a comprehensive overview of the development of Chinese art over the past hundred years. Originally debuted in NAMOC in 2017, the exhibition had a great success facing endless queues of people of all backgrounds and age that were coming to appreciate the art works.
Wu Weishan, Director of the National Art Museum of China, is particularly proud of this exhibition, which is brought to Macau as a token of close relationship of Macau with the People’s Republic of China. According to the organizer of the showcase, “Macau is a dazzling bright pearl inlaid in the beautiful mosaic of China”, which provides a major opportunity to show art to all. Asia is boldly highlighted here; landscapes are taken to a new level and people can almost feel the paintings coming to life. The works of Xu Beihong, for instance: having studied in the West to search for a new meaning in Chinese arts, the artist returned to motherland trying to introduce Western realism into Chinese paintings. “War Horse” and “A Group Gallop” are two of the artist’s highlights, depicting figures of horses like few have.
Baoshi cun (Baoshi wrinkle style) brushwork can also be appreciated at this exhibition. This brushwork is Fu Baoshi’s unique and vanguardist painting style. Fu employs “meticulous lines to depict the vestiges of nature to represent universal phenomena and human emotions”, as stated by Wu Weishan, Director of the National Art Museum of China. “Beauty in the New Era” is a tribute to the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China, but also a celebration of Macau’s return to the motherland. History, calligraphy, ink, painting, contemporary views of China and some of the greatest artists of this country are all present elements living in Macao Museum of Art until the end of July. The audience will be enthralled by the beauty of this era, with the art made in a country continuously growing and evolving.
When: 10:00am–7:00pm, Tuesdays–Sundays, May 4–July 28, 2019
Where: Macao Museum of Art, Avenida Xian Xing Hai, NAPE, Macau
How much: Free admission
“Beauty in the New Era” exhibition is part of the mega international art and cultural event Art Macao.
Happening from May to October this year, Art Macao brings together cultural institutions, hotel and resort operators, consular missions in Hong Kong and Macau to create an unforgettable atmosphere and cultural vitality to thrill residents and tourists alike.