FEATURING three huge traditional Chinese paintings "produced by two representative masters of Chinese art in modern times and a big ancient Bronze Yan Vessel," Zhizheng Art Museum will stage a special exhibition of its exquisite collection in Hall 6 of the ICIF main venue Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center to mark the 97th anniversary of the founding of the Party and embrace the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up to the outside world.
"Visitors will find a nearly 4-meter-long splashed-ink painting of lotuses, which was created by master painter Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien, 1899-1983) in 1947, at the Zhizheng Art Museum booth," Wu Fuqing, curator of the museum, told reporters at a press briefing Tuesday.
Zhang, one of the best-known and most prodigious Chinese artists of the 20th century, enjoyed renown for his talent of mixing Chinese art with Western art to create his own style featuring splashed ink and color. He loved the lotus and was good at painting freehand splashed-ink works of the flower.
Two of Zhang's works imitating Buddhist wall-paintings at the ancient Chinese art center Dunhuang on the old Silk Road will also be on display at the same time, according to Wu.
"Visitors to the Zhizheng booth may also be fascinated by two other huge paintings of plum blossoms by Liu Haisu (1896-1994), a prominent Chinese painter and a noted art educator," Wu said.
"Liu's 9.95-meter-long, 1.81-meter-high 'Ode to Red Plum Blossoms' was done in 1981 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. Another large plum blossom and pine tree painting was created in 1984 and dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China," said Wu.
"Also on display is a rare ancient bronze Yan vessel dating back to the Middle Western Zhou Dynasty (922 BC-878 BC), which we bought back at a Hong Kong auction in October 2017 for more than HK$20 million (US$2.54 million). With a 91-word inscription, the bronze Yan, an ancient vessel used for steaming food, is a national-level cultural relic," Wu said.
Zhizheng Art Museum is one of the largest private museums in China, boasting a collection of more than 10,000 works of contemporary and ancient calligraphy, ceramics, bronze and jade, as well as paintings and sundries.
To provide fair visitors with free authentication services, as it did for the past nine ICIFs, the museum has invited seven researchers from different national-level art research institutions to form a team of experts to help study and appraise visitors' collections in Hall 6 on Saturday.