Three Perfections: Poetry, Painting and Calligraphy in Chinese Art will feature exquisite paintings and calligraphy drawn from the gallery’s Asian Collection, presenting works dating from the fourteenth century to the present that highlight the contrasts and continuity in traditional and current Chinese art.
“Three Perfections: Poetry, Painting and Calligraphy in Chinese Art will present poetic works by significant Chinese artists who uniquely combine calligraphy and poetry,” says Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV.
“We are very pleased that this will be the first exhibition to go on display in the newly reopened Asian Art temporary exhibition gallery, a space which will host a rotating program of Asian Art exhibitions.”
Painting became closely equated with poetry in the 11th century during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127) when Chinese artistic expression underwent an evolution from formal representation to self-expression. Scholars and scholar-officials were taught the ‘arts’ of poetry, painting and calligraphy, which were used as intricate vehicles of expression.
In China, calligraphy is regarded as the highest art form; with artistic and expressive qualities that are independent of written words meaning. Paintings are regarded as ‘soundless poetry’ which captures an artist’s mood and portrays narratives and emotions with heightened feeling.
The exhibition will feature beautiful and intricately detailed traditional Chinese paintings using calligraphic brushstrokes on paper and silk, many of which will be mounted as hanging scrolls.
It will feature works by artists including Huang Shen (1687 – 1768), Wu Changshuo (1844 – 1927), Bi Haizhous (1954 – present), You Si (1954 – present) and the work of Kim Hoa Tram (1959 – present) who is currently working in Australia.
Three Perfections: Poetry, Painting and Calligraphy in Chinese Art
National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Exhibition continues to 9 June 2014
For more information, visit: www.ngv.vic.gov.au for details.
Image: HUANG Shen Chinese 1687–1768 Birds and flowers mid-18th century album: ink and pigments on paper, ten leaves, cardboard and silk cover, glued binding National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of the Estate of Miss G. S. Grimwade, Fellow, 1982