For decades, realism represented the empirical rule in the artistic education and creative practice within Chinese Art Academies. But with the end of the Cultural Revolution, homogeneity was gone and new innovative ideas began to circulate, starting in the ‘80s. There was a new trend in art that promised to liberate the experimentation of new languages from propaganda and political control. It was then that Pang Tao delved into the frontier of the modernist avant-garde. He subverted the typical methods of composition. He worked abstraction into landscapes, transforming figurative images into graphic forms. He played with the contrast of colour to obtain a remarkable effect of depth. He re-appropriated the traditional cultural icons of China which he analysed systematically and looked for new painting materials, exploring various artistic mediums. Over the last four decades, the studies of Pang Tao have reached incredible heights of innovation. Today, at 80 years old, he continues to explore further.
A new area on the sixth floor of the Museum will periodically host a selection of classic works from the collection.
On display, the works of artist Qi Baishi: a philosophic representation of the natural world.