In Hawai’i, one of the year’s cultural highlights is still on view: Masterpieces of Landscape Painting from the Forbidden City features major works never before seen outside China.
The Honolulu Academy of Arts leveraged the APEC summit for this unique collaboration with the Palace Museum in Beijing. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found the exhibit showcases Hawai’i’s strengths in Asian scholarship and art holdings.
Masterpieces of Landscape Painting from the Forbidden City continues at the Honolulu Academy of Arts through January 8th. Check http://www.honoluluacademy.org/art/exhibitions/11737-masterpieces_landsc...
for details and podcasts about the show.
Shawn Eichman, curator of Asian art at the Academy recommends checking in on the brushstroke "dictionary" near the front of the show to get an idea of the artists' vocabulary. Then, choose a painting to spend some time with and really get into that one, or two or three. Wang Meng is a blockbuster but don't miss some quiet ones like Wen Bo Ren's "Snowy Landscape". I think you'll find the Academy's pieces hold up very well next to the Palace Museum works. Note that the exhibition was a successful collaboration, highlighting Hawai'i's capabilities in scholarship, cross-cultural communication, and coordination, plus catalog design and printing--all done locally!