Illusionary Wonderland

Ink Art in a New Age

MON - FRI 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
SAT 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM




Ink art, in all its forms, has been characterized by constant metamorphosis and development since the beginning of modern time. Today, its essence represents the cultural, historical and symbolic aesthetic of East Asia. Although the art form is still closely associated with Eastern tradition, artists of the recent modernity who choose ink as their medium or a source of inspiration are increasingly seeking an alliance between ink art and modernity to rescue it from its status as an antiquity, a dying relic.  

Still, ink art will always carry with it the cultural and historical weight of the East Asian artistic legacy, which has faced its own challenges in the past century of rapid modernization. What is remarkable about contemporary ink art is how it has managed to break the binary oppositions between East and West, the native and the non-native, the traditional and the non-traditional, and continues to test the boundaries of different mediums, concepts, and subjects of discussion. Like an illusionary wonderland, it carries many imaginations and reinterpretations of a long-forgotten past, while still maintaining a bridge to modernity and real life.  

Featuring around twenty works in various mediums by ten different artists, this exhibition aims to present the art of ink amidst its ongoing metamorphosis. Specifically, it explores how these artists work with and are inspired by ink, and how they are presenting themselves on a modern international stage, through different themes, subjects matters, visual motifs, and techniques. 

Curator:  LI Lin

Academic Advisory: ZHENG Shengtian

Co-organized  with Annual Review of China Contemporary Ink Painting





本次展览将展出十位不同艺术家跨越了不同媒介的二十余副作品,旨在呈现水墨艺术不断变化的创作环境,特别是以水墨艺术为创作手法或灵感来源的艺术家们,如何通过新时代的主题、视觉符号与创作手法,在国际舞台上展现自己的艺术语言。   就和“水墨”一词在上个世纪八十年代的再次流行一样,当代水墨并非“古老的艺术”,并且还将在未来的十几年、几十年,不断探索全新的发展道路。  



学术指导: 郑胜天