Curator: Zhao Li
Venue: National Art Museum of China, No.1 Wusi Street, Beijing
After over thirty-year artistic practice, the first solo exhibition of Xuesong will kick off its opening at the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) on August 29 and last till September 6. It is hosted by Beijing Cultural Development Foundation and Zhongxu Shengshifenghua Culture Co.,Ltd., organized by the Beijing Center for the Arts, co-organized by the Art Beijing and Ink Pak Communication Group, and planned by the well-known art critic Zhao Li. Xuesong, put into the limelight by the three heavyweight organizations in the contemporary Chinese art circles this time, is an outstanding representative in the artistic practice of exploring traditions in the contemporary sense that has prevailed in the recent years; the unique values and great academic depth of his creation has already aroused attention and interest from critics.
Born in Chongqing, also known as Weng Xuesong. Learning to paint since childhood has prepared for him a well-grounded modeling skill. He is easy-going and peaceful, immersing for years in self-cultivation and painting practice. He is familiar with various contemporary artistic forms; and in recent years, he gets down to oil painting to present and deliver the livly spirit and vitality of which the ancient literati of China were in persuit. Garden rock and animal are two major subjects of his painting, in which he unveils a spiritual world where the atmosphere created by the painting is conversational with the soul of its creator. Following neo-realism, pop political, gaudy art and art brooding in the consumption and ditital era, Xuesong’s painting develops a brand new artistic style featuring the nature and individuality of Chiense culture. His representative series of “Garden Rock” embodies the traditional and contemporary Chinese humanistic philosophies as well as high wisdom and essence of life. Under the circumstances where conceptualism is diminishing in its pioneering spirit and people are expecting a reconsideration of the relationship between art and the mind, his works provide inspiration and enlightenment for all. This exhibition will give the first complete view of the best works in Xuesong’s many years of artistic creation. The oil paintings are neither simple skillful rendering of the well-developed western painting language, nor commercial replicas of classic themes under the name of renaissance, but rather represent genuine feelings, innovative thinking and the spirit of the times that are characteristic of all top-notch art works. It is safe to say that this exhibition will become a refreshing sensation in the contemporary Chinese arts community.