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 Wu’s birds and flower masterpieces

A Chinese painting exhibition marking the 90th anniversary of the death of artist Wu Changshuo (1844-1927) is at Cheng Shifa Art Museum in Songjiang. The show will run to the end of January.

Around 40 masterpieces, donated by collector Mao Guolun are on display.

As a prominent painter, calligrapher and seal artist, Wu was the first to integrate seal carving and ink painting.

In his early years, he devoted himself to poetry and calligraphy with a strong interest in early scripts. He also led the Xiling Society of the Seal Art, an academic organization for Hangzhou-based seal artists. Only later did he consider himself a painter associated with the Shanghai School. As a painter, he was noted for helping to rejuvenate the art of painting flowers and birds.

Cheng Shifa (1921-2007), the calligrapher, painter and cartoonist was one of Wu’s students in Shanghai.

Date: Through January 30

Venue: Cheng Shifa Art Museum

Address: 458 Zhongshan Rd M.

Lantern Festival

Happy Valley theme park celebrates festival-studded February with a lantern carnival, which runs through Valentine’s Day, the Chinese New Year holiday and the Lantern Festival, ending on March 2.

On Valentine’s Day, the park will light thousands of lanterns to create a romantic atmosphere. At the same time, more than 30 live performances, such as magic shows, bubble dances and sea lion performances, are to be held every day.

During Spring Festival, a host of folk culture shows will fill the park. Visitors can dance to the drumbeats of the traditional dragon dance, try walking on stilts, taste various local snacks, rack their brains to guess the riddles on red ribbons or learn to make clay sculptures with the help of local folk artists.

Address: 888 Linhu Rd, Songjiang District

Flower Blossom

In winter, the blooming wintersweet adds a warming sight and a sweet aroma to the environment. Songjiang Chenshan Botanic Garden is awash with the blossoms.

The garden features about 100 ancient shrubs and more than 50 types of wintersweet in red, pink and white. The peak flowering season is expected before the Spring Festival, which begins on February 15.

Address: 3888 Chenhua Rd

Painting Exhibition

Songjiang painter Liu Heng’s exhibition is at Dongjiang Town Culture Center.

With meticulous lines and delicate colors, a total of 40 Chinese paintings of horses, flowers, birds, figures and landscapes are on display, presenting the beauty of his hometown of Dongjing in Songjiang.

Date: to January 19

Venue: Dongjiang Town Culture Center

Address: 466 Changxing Rd

Ti Gong

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