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Father-daughter duo show water-themed landscapes

AN oil painting exhibition featuring watery landscapes created by Chen Xiejun and his daughter Chen Ying kicked off at Yun Jian Granary last week. Entitled “Images of the Water City,” it runs through February.

A total of 105 river landscape paintings from Shanghai, watertowns in the Jiangnan area (regions south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River), Hong Kong, Macau and foreign harbor cities are displayed in the exhibition.

“Water is a vital source of life and it is exactly the essence of Jiangnan’s charms,” said Chen Xiejun, a scholar and former director of Shanghai Museum.

The Huangpu River in Shanghai, Slender West Lake in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong and a small harbor in Vollenhove, the Netherlands, are all captured through dense oil paints.

Influenced by her father, Chen Ying is also dedicated to painting and art education while working at an NGO in New York. The father and daughter have previously held exhibitions featuring the Taihang Mountains, lotus flowers, Dunhuang and Shanghai.

As its name indicates, the new venue Yun Jian Granary in Songjiang District is renovated from old granaries, the earliest of which dates to the 1950s. Occupying 98 mu (6.5 hectares) of land, the area housed 59 buildings.


Date: Through February 29 (closed on Monday), 9:30am-5pm

Venue: Yun Jian Granary

Address: 10053 Songjin Highway


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