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Updated: July 12, 2021
Peon Art Museum Chongqing. [Photo/China Daily]

Artistic lineage

Lineage in Brushstrokes, an exhibition at the Peon Art Museum Chongqing, shows the role of art as a force of unity in six individual families. The exhibition, until July 18, displays more than 80 paintings, sculptures and letters by family members covering four generations who are all devoted to art creation and education. Featured families include those of Xu Beihong, a prominent figure of 20th-century Chinese art, and his contemporaries, Li Kuchan, a master of classical Chinese painting, and Wang Qi, a print-making artist. The families of Xu's students Wei Jiangfan and Yang Xianrang, and the family of Yan Xinyuan, a student of Yang, are also featured. All together, the works showcase the scope of modern Chinese art and reflect cultural movements in the country throughout the decades.

10 am-4:30 pm, closed on Mondays.70 Panxi Lu, Jiangbei district, Chongqing.

Time Capsule. [Photo/China Daily]

40 for 40

Time Capsule, the inaugural exhibition of the Cang Art Museum in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, features 40 works that chart the evolution of contemporary art in China since the 1980s. The exhibition, until Sept 20, features paintings, sculptures, photographic works, installations, videos and performance works by artists including Xu Bing, Ding Yi and Yang Fudong. The exhibition highlights how artists have tried to express in a historical context globalization, cultural diversity and the emergence of new media driven by technology. It opens up a dialog on how art can serve society and the public in the post-pandemic era.

10 am-6 pm, closed on Monday. Xiangshan Art Commune, Xihu district, Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

Ink art dancer

Speaking of her father, calligrapher Zeng Mi, Zeng Ying says, "I see him as an unfettered soul dancing in the world of ink art, and a sincere, simple-minded old man who imparts a sense of humor in his work. His strokes are embedded with intensity and vigor, and like flowers in full bloom, his art sparkles with enduring brilliance." At 90, Zeng Mi continues to explore the realms of Chinese calligraphy and the traditional art of rubbing, as well as the mountain-and-water genre of classical Chinese painting. His solo exhibition, I, At 90, showcases calligraphic works at China International Culture Exchange Center until July 23. Zeng Mi enrolled in China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, in 1957. He studied after modern masters such as Pan Tianshou, and was nurtured by an experimental spirit spearheaded by great artists including Huang Binhong and Lin Fengmian.

8:30 am-4:30 pm, daily. Compound No 9, Dong Tucheng Lu, Chaoyang district, Beijing.

Joel Mesler. [Photo/China Daily]

Childhood dreamscapes

In a letter to his friend Darren Bader, Joel Mesler says his one-man show in Hong Kong displays his childhood memories of the nights when his parents would go out, as well as the images and scenes he dreamed about. Titled Joel Mesler: In the Beginning, the exhibition shows new paintings by the artist who now lives in East Hampton, New York, in which the bold, highly stylized patterns and a tropical touch remind one of the works of Paul Gauguin. Held at Levy Gorvy's Hong Kong space until Aug 14, the exhibition is Mesler's first show in Asia. The works feature a variety of elements from Mesler's childhood which would later pop up in his dreamscapes, and which swirled around in his mind as he produced these canvases. Mesler said when he would fall asleep, "the animals in my wallpaper would meet with the furs of my mother's jackets, the colors of their clothes and the smells of their perfume and cologne". Mesler renders big, short texts to the composition of his works, which are drawn from his parents' parting words to him, before leaving home for the evening, and his thoughts about what his parents were doing as the night went on.

11 am-7 pm, Monday to Friday, 11 am-6 pm on Saturday. Ground Floor, 2 Ice House Street, Hong Kong.852-2613-9568.

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