Painting of tree roots by Wu Guanzhong

Wu Guanzhong – Tree roots 树根, 1980s. Ink and colour on paper. Collection of Hong Kong Museum of Art

Open 17 May – 30 Aug 2021

Gallery 11, the Sullivan Gallery for Chinese Paintings

Admission was free

Wu Guanzhong (1919–2010) is one of the twentieth century’s most admired Chinese painters. All his career, from his student days to his final years, he engaged with European painting alongside Chinese traditional paintings.

This past exhibition at the Ashmolean comprised works lent by Hong Kong Museum of Art, selected from a recent donation of 450 paintings and sketches from the artist’s family, and represents every decade of Wu Guanzhong’s life from the 1950s onwards in oils, ink, pencil and other media.

This exhibition also links to our online academic conference on Wu Guanzhong (1919–2010).

The exhibition was supported by the Denys Firth Family Foundation.