The Reformer's Brush

February 27, 2011 - April 8, 2011
Mānoa Campus, Art Building, University of Hawai'i Art Gallery Add to Calendar

"The Reformer’s Brush: Modernity and Traditional Media in China," set to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1911 revolution in China, showcases 78 works of Chinese calligraphy and painting from Honolulu collectors Dr. Ernest and Letah Lee and Dr. Chin-tang Lo. This special exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of The Association for Asian Studies and its special joint conference with the International Convention of Asian Scholars, to be held from March 31 to April 3 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

The selected works illustrate the ways in which those who participated in the various movements to modernize China through the 19th and early 20th centuries made use of these traditional art forms to reflect their ambitions for reform. The artists, who include painters as well as political, military, social, and educational leaders, took part in the reform movements that resulted in the 1911 revolution and the founding and shaping of the new Republic. These include several men with ties to Hawai‘i, including Li Hongzhang, who received King Kalākaua and Queen Emma on their 1881 visit to China, and Liang Qichao, who visited Honolulu in 1899 to raise funds for reform. Other featured artists include Chiang Kai-shek, Mei Lanfang, Kang Youwei, Guo Moruo, and many others. A Chinese scholar’s study and other period furniture will be included in the exhibition to create the sense of a typical environment where the artists and leaders worked and lived with their creations.

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Ticket Information
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday 10:30-5:00; Sunday 12:00-5:00. Closed Sat.; & Spring Break, March 21-25. SPECIAL HOURS SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 10:30-5:00. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Parking fees may apply.

Event Sponsor
Department of Art and Art History, and the College of Arts and Humanities, Mānoa Campus

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