Since the new century, Chinese contemporary ink painting hasmade great strides. After a period of adoption of Western ideas and techniques,today we recognize that tradition is an important symbol of cultural identityand a cultural resource for us to participate in international dialogues in thecontext of globalization. Without the necessary connection with traditionalculture, it will be difficult to maintain the continuity, uniqueness andself-esteem of one’s own culture, and will in turn cause huge cultural losses. Therefore,for all contemporary Chinese artists with a sense of mission, how to constructour subject, identity and art history in their own language, that is, through thestudy of traditional culture to find an effective way to transform the pastinto the present, is of crucial importance.
Lu Hong is the curator of the Ink Painting on Going: 2000-2019 hosted by the Guangdong Museum of Art. Theexhibition consists of three parts.The first part is the Reference to the Old and New Traditions, including the old traditions existing before 1911, and the neo-tradition represented by traditions of theRepublic of China and traditions of Red culture. The second part is Alternative Ink Painting, including artists who createwith ink and wash, but keep their ideas and techniques separate from traditional Chinese painting, as well as artists who use non-ink painting (such as oil painting,installation, video, etc.) to create, but obviouslydraw on traditional ink painting. The third part is Positive Intervention in Reality,showing the images and artistic creation with personal characteristics by contemporary ink artists who intervene in reality and pay attention topeople’s living conditions. In addition, in conjunction with the exhibition, the Guangdong Museum ofArt will invite renowned theorists to conduct relevant academicdiscussions to promote the sound development of contemporary Chinese ink painting. It is hoped that this exhibition can carry outthe necessary academiccriticism ofcontemporary ink painting, and arouse people from all walks of life such as academia, collection,etc. to payclose attention to this creation phenomenon.