L'encre en mouvement, Une histoire de la peinture chinoise au XXe siècle

Ma Desheng
21 OCTOBER 2022 - 19 FEBRUARY 2023

Following on from the exhibition « Painting apart from the world », which invited visitors to explore China’s imperial legacy through the work of literati painters, the Cernuschi Museum extends this journey through time, focusing on 20th century Chinese painting. 
For the first time, the museum, which has one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary Chinese paintings in Europe, is showing these masterpieces. The exhibition brigs together more than seven paintings created by 34 artists. The presentation of these fragile ink and paper treasures, which cannot be exposed to light for long periods, is a unique event. 
From the end of the Empire to the Revolution of 1949, 20th century China underwent major changes, reflected in Chinese painting. Defined for centuries by the use of ink, it reinvented itself under the influence of oil painting and photography, but also through the rediscovery of its own history.
The travels of artists played a key role in this renewal. Although the destinations changed from one generation to the next, the exchanges extended from Europe to the United States, and of course Asia. Ink painting was deeply impacted by this crosscultural dialogue. Throughout the century, it was at the centre of theoretical debates, about the definition of national painting, the question of political commitment, of realism and abstraction.
The Cernuschi Museum’s collection of Chinese painting, gathered since the 1950s, comprises several hundred works. It is one of the few collections in Europe to include both the paintings of masters active in China, such as Qi Baishi, Fu Baoshi, Wu Guanzhong and Li Jin alongside the works of the most important figures of the artistic diaspora including Chang Dai-chien (Zhang Daqian), Zao Wouki (Zhao Wuji), Walasse Ting (Ding Xiongquan) and Ma Desheng.
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