A Field in Bloom:Highlights of Chinese Art to Mark the 60th Anniversary of the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK
To mark the occasion of its 60th anniversary, the Department of Fine Arts at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is organizing an exhibition entitled ‘A Field in Bloom: Highlights of Chinese Art to Mark the 60th Anniversary of the Department of Fine Arts, CUHK’, jointly with the Art Museum, CUHK. The exhibition runs through two periods, from 30 September 2017 to 3 December 2107 and from 8 December 2017 to 21 January 2018, with collections taken from the Department of Fine Arts and individual exhibits borrowed from the New Asia College and the Art Museum, showcasing sixty great works of painting and calligraphy done by the Department’s former teachers and visitors over sixty years. Most of the works are brought to the public for the very first time to demonstrate the art and craft of these eminent painters and calligraphers.
The opening ceremony for the exhibition was held today (29 September). Those present included Prof. Henry N.C. Wong, Head of New Asia College; Prof. Mayching Kao, former Professor of Fine Arts; Prof. Frank Vigneron, Chairman of the Department of Fine Arts; Prof. Tong Kam-tang, Associate Professor of the Department of Fine Arts; Prof. Leung Yuen-sang, Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies; Mr. Christopher Mok, Chairman, Advisory Committee of the Art Museum; Prof. YIU Chun-chong Josh, Director of the Art Museum and Dr. Phil Chan, Research-Assistant Curator (Painting and Calligraphy) of the Art Museum, CUHK.
The exhibition’s title comes from a line of inscription in a demonstration sketch by Mr. Ting Yin-Yung, a founding teacher of the Department of Fine Arts, which reads: ‘A field in bloom is deserving of all the compliments’. This imagery aptly sums up the experience and mission of the Department. Despite its relatively small size, the Department has become a gathering place for masters in the field, which is blooming in earnest; it is also a beautiful, lush field where students are nurtured and grow to their full potential.
Divided into three parts, ‘Works of the Masters’, ‘Lessons in Artistry’ and ‘Impromptu Compositions’, the sixty exhibits were done by masters including but not limited to Chao Ho-chin, Pu Shin-yu, Koo Tsin-yaw, Liu Haisu, Huang Chun-pi, Li Kuchan, Tseng Ke-tuan, Guan Liang, Ting Yin-yung, Chao Shao-an, Cheng Yet-por, Wang Chi-ch’ien, Chang Pi-han, Lu Yanshao, Jin Qinbo, Li Xiongcai, Guan Shanyue, Qi Gong, Pu Songchuang, Huang Miaozi, Fang Zhaoling, Van I-pong, Jao Tsung-i, Shaw Li-sheng, Song Wenzhi, Cheng Shifa, Chow Su-sing, Ya Ming, Chiang Zhao-shen, Huang Zhou, Ma Kwok-kuen, Chen Sui-kang, and Jat See-yeu. The exhibition shows the development of the Department over the years and lends valuable substance to the study of modern and contemporary Chinese painting and calligraphy, as well as art education in Hong Kong. One can also catch a glimpse of the discerning insights of the teachers at the Department and its commitment and contribution to the blooming field of Chinese art education.
The accompanying catalogue, A Field in Bloom edited by Prof. Tong Kam-tang and Dr. Phil Chan, is published to reveal the literati cultivation brought about by the works of the masters in the field, as well as to demonstrate the valuable efforts that the Department of Fine Arts has invested in throughout the years. In addition to the exhibition catalogue, Prof. Tong Kam-tang from the Department of Fine Arts, and Mr. Ross Yau, an alumnus of the Department and also a practicing artist are invited to present a public lecture and host a Chinese ink painting workshop respectively. This will provide an excellent opportunity for the public to understand the notions and practices of the Department in Chinese arts education.
Details of the exhibitions are as follows:
|Exhibition Period:||Period I: 30 September 2017 – 3 December 2017
Period II: 8 December 2017 – 21 January 2018
|Exhibition Venue:||Gallery I, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong|
|Opening Hours:||Mondays to Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sundays and Public Holidays: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
|Closed:||Thursdays (except the day following Mid-Autumn Festival), Christmas, New Year and Lunar New Year Holidays|