Gallery Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:0 - 4:00
Sun 12:00 - 4:00

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Admission is free
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The Reformer’s Brush:
Modernity and Traditional Media in China

February 27 - April 8, 2011

Closed Spring Break, March 21 – 25.

Introduction / Section 1 / Section 2 / Section 3 / Section 4 / Section 5 / Epilogue

The year 2011 marks the hundredth anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution, which saw the abdication of the six-year-old last emperor of the Qing Dynasty and led ultimately to the founding of the Republic of China. This exhibition, which features painting and calligraphy from late nineteenth and early twentieth-century China in the collections of Dr. Ernest and Letah Lee and Dr. Chin-tang Lo, examines the relationship between tradition and modernity in this transitional period.

Many of the men at the center of the debates over modernization also cultivated the traditional practices of painting and calligraphy in ways that reflected or were engaged with the very questions of modernization and change that were central to their times. These include Chiang Kai-shek, Mei Lanfang, Liang Qichao, Kang Youwei, Guo Moruo, and many others. The Reformerʼs Brush showcases their artworks, their lives, and their ambitions for reform.



The Reformer’s Brush: Modernity and Traditional Media in China

The exhibition catalogue features an essay by Dr. Kate Lingley, Assistant Professor of Chinese Art History, Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawaii at Manoa. 125 pages. 65 color illustrations.



Please see the events page for information on programs concurrent with the exhibition.

Opening Reception:
Sunday, February 27, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The public is invited.

Hours and admission
Monday – Friday 10:30 – 5:00;
Sunday 12:00 – 5:00.
April 2, Special Saturday hours: 10:30 – 5:00

Closed Saturdays; and Spring Break, March 21 – 25.

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
Parking fees may apply.

Sponsored by:
The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art and Art History
The College of Arts and Humanities
Mānoa Arts & Minds