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New ideas of today's masters of ink-wash

TWO hundred works of contemporary ink-wash paint a picture of traditional ink-wash painting today and the new directions the art is taking.

The "2010 Grand Brushwork Painting Exhibition" opens today and runs through October 7 at the Shanghai Pudong Expo on Hehuan Road. The show is part of the ongoing Shanghai International Arts Festival.

The works of 100 painters are exhibited, representing the state of traditional ink-wash art today.

The exhibition will also showcase pictures and photos of ancient masterpieces of ink-wash art, as well as ceramics, sculpture and bronze.

"This show is a systematic review of the spirit of this centuries-old art genre," says Yang Xiaoyang, director of the exhibition's organizing committee.

The aesthetics of ink-wash painting is unlike realistic depiction; sometimes ink splashes, blocks of wash and open space conjure up through suggestion a poetic landscape of mountains, rivers and crags.

Nature needn't be mirrored exactly or "accurately," but rendered as the artist sees it.

A famous saying sums up the spirit of ink-wash: "At first sight, a mountain is a mountain and a river is a river. On second glance, a mountain is not a mountain and a river is not a river. But on the last look, a mountain is still a mountain a river is still a river."

Date: September 28-October 7, 9am-4pm

Venue: Shanghai Pudong Expo, 201 Hehuan Rd, Pudong


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