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11 Feb 2015 - 02 Apr 2015

Silent Poetry: Chinese Contemporary Ink is a thematic exhibition, co-organised by the Chinese Modern & Contemporary Art Document (CCAD) and supported by the University of Hong Kong, CAFA ART INFO, the Chinese Contemporary Art Promotion Centre (CCAP), Art Nova 100 and Beijing Strategic Cultural Development Co. Ltd. The nine participating artists are all from Mainland China, including Chen Jun, Du Xiaotong, Hao Shiming, Li Wei, Pan Wenxun, Sun Hao, Xu Hualing, Xu Jiacun and Zhu Zhengming.

Silent Poetry draws together contemporary ink paintings of emerging young artists. Most of the exhibits have never been shown to the public. The exhibition showcases the Chinese ink paintings as if they are beautiful poems which contain no words and sound. Unlike so much of the mass produced popular artworks today, these Chinese contemporary ink paintings differ from their traditional counterparts in terms of form, styles and their techniques, etc. Contemporary ink challenges some concepts of traditional Chinese paintings and some of them apply unconventional mediums, materials and tools to change the traditional painting practice and break the constraint while preserving their profound values at the same time.

Ink has long been a widely used medium in Chinese art, while ink painting is one of the China’s oldest and best known art forms. From the May Fourth Movement to the 1990s, ink art has been reformed and transformed greatly. It attained substantial developments and has gradually attested to its maturity. Nowadays, Chinese contemporary ink art has increased popularity not only in China but also in the global art world.

Our museum has designed a range of activities as part of the outreach programmes, such as guided tours, lectures, family activities and workshops hosted by the artists to enhance the public knowledge and interest of contemporary ink paintings.


Chen Jun

Urban Landscape No.2


 Ink and Acrylic on Paper

 110cm x 80 cm


Li Wei

Listen to Snow No. 11


 Ink on Silk

 260cm x 84 cm


Hao Shi-ming

Huan Hua Xi No.6


 Ink on Silk

 60cm x 150 cm

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