Ink Art at the Met
Last night, we attended the opening of the Metropolitan Museum’s latest exhibition, Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China. Curated by Maxwell Hearn for over five years, the around 70 multimedia pieces shown provide a comprehensive overview of the Chinese contemporary ink paintings.
"By examining them through the lens of Chinese historical artistic paradigms, layers of meaning and cultural significance that might otherwise go unnoticed are revealed,” explained Maxwell Hearn.
The beautiful exhibition demonstrate how China’s ancient pattern of seeking cultural renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path. Although all of the artists have transformed their sources through new modes of expression, visitors will recognize thematic, aesthetic, or technical attributes in their creations that have meaningful links to China’s artistic past.
Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from Dec 11, 2013 - April 6, 2014.
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