Homage to Wang Guowei

The Tsinghua Art Museum pays tribute to one of the scholars that lived through the decadence of the last imperial dynasty and contributed to the creation of Chinese contemporary thought. Wang Guowei, tutor of Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China, was the first scholar to have interpreted Chinese literature in the light of Western philosophy and aesthetics. The title of the exhibition Alone in the High Tower refers to a verse from Wang’s work The Three Realms of the Mind in which the intellectual claims to have reached, alone, the heights of his own awareness. His extraordinary contribution to Chinese literature and historiography is recognised by numerous institutions, including the Tsinghua University, where Wang taught for years. The exhibition celebrates his 140th birthday by gathering a vast array of documents, such as the scholar’s calligraphy, images, postcards and works that artists have dedicated to the great man over the years.
Arianna Papalia - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Beijing