23 June-15 Sept 2011. To celebrate the Chinese cultural year in Italy this exhibition, entitled Beyond the Traditional, pays homage to the great masters of modern Chinese paintings.
On display are 100 works, coming from the National Art Museum of China (Namoc), divided into three sections: Portraits, flowers and birds, and landscapes.
These works were created between 1850 and 1950, a century which coincides with the introduction and spread of western artistic techniques, such as perspective, chiaroscuro and oil painting, in the rich traditions of Chinese painting.
The exhibition analyses how Chinese masters, fascinated by western techniques, have interpreted and reused the knowledge of western figurative arts to influence traditional Chinese style.
This event offers a comprehensive image of the artistic production of modern Chinese painting through the works of the most representative Chinese painters between tradition and modernity.