Chinese art in the twentieth century has unveiled a new chapter in the turbulent modern history of China. Due to the drastic reshaping of Chinese society, Chinese art in the past century underwent a huge change. Traditional painting and calligrapnhy that pursued remoteness could no longer meet the needs of the times, so a large number of art pioneers dedicated to improving the traditional Chinese culture emerged. Among them are traditional Chinese painting masters (Qi Baishi, Huang Binhong, Zhang Daqian, Li Keran, etc.); some are deeply influenced by Western painting concepts (Xu Beihong, Lin Fengmian, Liu Haisu, Wu Guanzhong, etc.); others are new representatives who have played an important role in Chinese art field (Wu Zuoren, Fu Baoshi, Pan Tianshou, Guan Shanyue, and Huang Zhou). They either turn the classics into the new or try to integrate the techniques and realism of Western painting into Chinese painting. All of them have made an indelible contribution to the development and education of art in China.
“A Century of Brilliance: Special Exhibition of Modern Paintings and Calligraphy”encompasses artworks of Ren Bonian, Wu Changshuo, Qi Baishi, Huang Binhong, Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong, Li Keran, Li Kuchan, Pu Ru, Lu Yanshao, Fu Baoshi, Wu Guanzhong, Wu Hufan , Yu Fei'an, Zhu Qizhan, Huang Junbi, Zhao Wangyun, etc. The exhibition brings together more than forty paintings and calligraphy works of major Chinese painting schools in the 20th century, including the Beijing-Tianjin School, the Shanghai School, the Lingnan School, the New Jinling School, and the Chang'an School. Each artwork reflects the history of time and the spirits of masters who are constantly striving for the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Chinese Communist Party, Long Museum holds this exhibition to show the brilliance of Chinese paintings and calligraohy over the past century and to pay our respects to those great masters.