Past Exhibition

Beyond Tradition: The Metamorphosis of Chinese Art

26 Oct - 05 Nov  |  2023
Cheuk Ka-wai, CherieChinyeeChu ChuGao XingjianGu GanLee Chun-yiLeng Hong Lin GuochengLui Shou-KwanMui Ngo-suet, CharlotteNgai Wing-Lam, AntTing WalasseWang MengshaWang TiandeYang YongliangZhang Ying
Alisan Fine Arts is excited to announce our participation in this year's Asian Art In London autumn event. We will be presenting the works of 16 distinguished Chinese artists from different generations and diverse backgrounds. This exhibition aims to underline the manifold and profound evolution of Chinese art over the past fifty years, by showcasing how each artists reinterpret classical subject-matters of Chinese art by incorporating innovative materials and creative methods while preserving the traditional culture and spirit. To enhance the viewing experience and create an intimate atmosphere, our exhibition will feature a salon-style hanging presentation, encouraging a more immersive and interconnected experience, while allowing viewers to explore the intricate details and connections within the exhibition.

Highlights include Lui Shou-Kwan, Walasse Ting and Chinyee, showcasing the pioneers who pushed the boundaries of Chinese art. For ink master Lui Shou-Kwan, we will feature an abstract landscape, Abstract Landscape S63-12, demonstrating his artistic prowess in blending Western abstraction with traditional Chinese landscape painting. As for Chinese diaspora artists, we will exhibit a selection of Walasse Ting's renowned vibrant and playful works, including Three Girls Relaxing, that exude a zest for life and sensuality, as well as Chinyee's captivating abstract expressionist painting, Blue Rain I, showcasing fluidity and dynamism through her brushwork. Currently, Chinyee’s works are on show in Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940 – 1970, a touring exhibition that started in London’s Whitechapel, and is now at Van Gogh Foundation in Arles, France, then will eventually end in Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany. Moreover, the exhibition will highlight artists who tirelessly explore and reinterpret centuries-old Chinese art traditions, such as Chu Chu’s She Walks in Beauty, showing her exceptional talent in blend classical Chinese calligraphy and modern photography to create new artistic expressions; Cherie Cheuk Ka-Wai’s Hide and Seek that exhibits her gongbi prowess transcending different cultures; Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian’s introspective and elegant style in his painting, Brightness, Lin Guocheng's Red Stone and Courtyard 1, depicting a serene and minimalist courtyard in a modern way; Wang Tiande's innovative use of incense sticks as a unique brush to create traditional landscapes in Lakeside Voyage, Yang Yongliang's digital cityscapes that provide a critical commentary on modern urbanization in Tiger; and Lee Chun-Yi's Unmatched Beauty, which incorporates Chinese seals and ink rubbings to capture the beauty of flowers within a contemporary context.

Address: 4 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, London SW7 2JE, UK

Preview 26 Oct, Thu 2:00pm-7:00pm
Opening 27 Oct, Fri 11:00am-8:00pm
28 Oct, Sat 11:00am-7:00pm
29 Oct, Sun 11:00am-4:00pm
30 Oct – 4 Nov, Mon – Sat 11:00am-7:00pm
5 Nov, Sun 11:00am-4:00pm

31 Oct, Tue 17:00-18:00
Media and Materiality in Contemporary Chinese Art
by Dr. Malcolm McNeill
Director of the SOAS-Alphawood Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art & Senior Lecturer in Arts Education

Guided Tours:
26 Oct, Thu 2:30pm – 3:00pm
28 Oct, Sat 11:30am – 12:00pm
1 Nov, Wed 2:30pm – 3:00pm
3 Nov, Fri 11:30am – 12:00pm