Exhibition/Display Details

Beyond the Brush: Abstract Ink Paintings since 1960

4 Apr 2017 to 28 Aug 2017

Explore the abstract ink paintings created by leading Chinese artists, all members of the Fifth Moon Group – regarded as a forerunner of the modern art movement in Taiwan in the 1960s.

Chinese ink, acrylic and collage were combined to create vibrant images. Most ink paintings blended the brush strokes of Chinese calligraphy with the shapes and colours of modern Western art. Works by Liu Kuo Sung, Chen Ting Shih, Chuang Che and Fong Chung Ray will be displayed.

Image: Fong Chung Ray (b.1933), Abstract collage, 2008, Sullivan Bequest, © Fong Chung Ray

Gallery 29 | Admission Free

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Related Display: Ding Yis '70 circles'

16 May 2017 –28 May 2017

We are delighted that '70 circles' (2013) by Chinese abstract artist Ding Yi will be on display in Gallery 10, on the ground floor, 16–28 May. This will be a temporary continuation of the Beyond the Brush display in Gallery 29.

Ding Yi (b.1962) works and lives in Shanghai and since the late 1980s has been painting grids and crosses creating his own abstract language. He is the Vice-Dean of the Fine Arts Department of the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art.

Image: 70 circles (detail), 2013, accordion book, pencil and acrylic on rice paper, 35 x 648cm © Ding Yi. Courtesy Timothy Taylor, London.

Gallery 10 | Admission Free

Special Event

Artist in Conversation
With artist Ding Yi and Prof Shane McCausland, SOAS, University of London
12–1.15pm, Wednesday 17 May, Lecture Theatre

To celebrate the display Chinese paintings expert Professor Shane McCausland, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, will introduce the work of Ding Yi and talk with him about his artistic practice.

This event is free. No booking is required.

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