Pan Tianshou exhibition at memorial gallery

Wu Huixin
Pan Tianshou built the educational foundations of traditional Chinese painting. His paintings of flowers, birds, mountains and water blended styles from ink-wash and modern art.
Wu Huixin

A cavalcade of visitors has flocked to the Pan Tianshou Memorial Gallery since the painter’s work “Chu Qing” sold for 205 million yuan (US$29 million) at a Beijing-based auction on November 18.

Now, several of Pan’s works are on display in the gallery through January 5, along with works from his friends and apprentices, including Lu Weizhao, Wu Fozhi, Lu Yifei, Lu Yanshao and Zhu Yingren. These painters were all professors at the China Academy of Art. Together, they helped lay the foundation for modern Chinese ink-wash painting in the 20th century.

Pan Tianshou exhibition at memorial gallery

A piece of the painting of Pan Tianshou

Pan Tianshou exhibition at memorial gallery
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Zhu Yingren (right) introduces the paintings of Pan Tianshou.

Pan (1897-1971) built the educational foundations of traditional Chinese painting. His paintings of flowers, birds, mountains and water blended styles from ancient ink-wash and modern art. By integrating poems, calligraphy and images, Pan established his own individual style.

Pan’s family donated many of his works to the gallery as its permanent collection, as the painter intended for his paintings to be displayed in public museums, rather than to be sold to private collectors.

“Around 120 of Pan’s paintings are collected in our gallery. We hope his spirit and ideas will inspire young artists through this exhibition,” said Chen Yongyi, curator of the gallery.

The exhibition also displays manuscripts and texts written by Wu and his associates. Many of them are being shown for the first time.

Date: Through January 5, 2020, closed on Mondays and Fridays

Address: 212 Nanshan Rd

Admission: Free

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