Suzhou art exhibition on show at Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy
"Recalling Jiangnan in Three Lifetimes of Rebirth" is the title of an exhibition featuring more than 76 artworks created by 21 artists at the Suzhou Chinese Painting Academy.
As an exchange event between Suzhou and Shanghai, the exhibition is running through to Monday at the Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy.
Jiangnan, the region south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, has provided Chinese artists with poetic inspiration for centuries. And it still does for modern artists, who continue to seek catharsis and motivation from the river's enchanting stretches.
Originated from the Suzhou Chinese Painting Gallery which was established in 1960, the Suzhou Chinese Painting Academy has been noted for nurturing a unique spirit of Wu Style under the guidance of several generations of artists.
The Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy, also founded in 1960, is famous for attracting top painters and calligraphers over the past decades.
Last month, an exhibition featuring paintings and calligraphy works created by a group of artists at the Shanghai academy was held at Suzhou Art Museum.
Because of the two cities' geographic locations, either Suzhou or Shanghai composes an indispensable part of Jiangnan culture.
"Suzhou artists are more traditional and show a strong respect toward traditional culture through a more reserved expression mode, while Shanghai artists are more equipped with a sense of personality and endeavor to build up their own art language and style," said Chen Xiang, vice director of the Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy.
Date: Through June 14, 10am-5pm
Venue: Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy
Address: 197 Yueyang Road