Taste of the east: masterpieces of chinese art opens on february 26 at 3:00pm at shanghai art museum. this exhibition will present a selection of works from collection of the how art museum (opening soon). the concept of the exhibition is to show the aestheticism in modern and contemporary chinese art and, moreover, to present the pieces of art made by contemporary chinese artists in china and abroad. located in shanghai zhangjiang/ pudong district, how art museum is supposed to be a vital cultural centre with its collection of masterpieces of contemporary chinese art, special exhibitions and educational programs. the mission of how art museum is to create a base for international communication in contemporary art sphere via the exhibitions and art projects, interactions between local and foreign artists, art institutions in china and all over the world. in the context of globalization how art museum also seeks to contribute to chinese contemporary art.
The goal of the exhibition “taste of the east” is to set up the value system and to encourage an ever-deeper understanding of chinese contemporary art. the exhibited artworks have vivid meanings and connotations, such as national self-determination via oil painting, modernization of traditional ink painting, internationalization of chinese art and chinese nature of contemporary art. the exhibition presents about 20 contemporary artists of different age working with different media such as oil painting, drafting ink, sculpture and installation. they show diversified ways of returning to a chinese tradition; express the feeling of nostalgia in realistic or abstract style; represent their thoughts and feelings about the chinese traditional value system. moreover the internal nature of these artworks reflects the artists’ profound knowledge and strong pride in chinese tradition and culture. the exhibited artworks have been created between the early 1980s until today and reflect the importance of contemporary art within this unique collection.