In order to pass on Chinese traditional culture and promote art exchanges as well as to allow even more people in Macao to get to know and feel the charm of Chinese landscape paintings, the Macao Foundation, the Macao Museum of Art and the Guangdong Painting Academy co-organize the exhibition “In the Soul, Mountains Are Galloping – Landscape Painting Exhibition by Xu Qinsong”; the opening ceremony will take place on 3 April (Tuesday) at 6:30pm at the Special Exhibition Gallery of the Handover Gifts Museum of Macao. The exhibition will display over 80 representative works of national-level artist Xu Qinsong, including large landscape paintings and sketches, among which will be the work “Mountain Clouds and Rain” which generated an intellectual property conflict due to its use in the documentary series “The Bite of China”.
Xu Qinsong’s works are Chinese landscape traditional paintings which also incorporate western elements. By sketching from nature, the artist, on the one hand, rethinks culture in the form of Chinese landscape and an innovative logic behind landscape painting; on the other hand, he seeks a language paradigm for his individual landscape paintings. His works break with traditional patterns of landscape painting as they observe nature from higher perspective. By looking down to earth and looking up to the sky, he expresses the depths of mountains, the mysteries and the vastness of the universe, and combines the realm of reality with a fictitious environment to be later presented to the audience. His practice of landscape painting has gone well beyond his personal feelings as he tries to re-examine the inner relationship between natural landscape and the real world, based on a broader and wider perspective, in order to uncover symbolic patterns of artistic expression.
The exhibition will run from 4 to 12 April at the Handover Gifts Museum of Macao, located at Avenida Xian Xing Hai, NAPE, Macao. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 7pm (last admission at 6:30pm). Admission is free. For more information, please contact the Unesco Centre of the Macao Foundation through the telephone no. 2872 7066 or through the email email@example.com.