The Xu Zhimo Poetry and Art Festival ‘Gardens’ Exhibition
Presented by Vanishing Worlds Foundation and King’s College (Cambridge) Development Office
The exhibition will be on public display at Asia House from Tuesday, 6 September to Friday, 16 September. A private view will take place on the evening of Monday, 12 September.
The ‘Gardens’ exhibition features artwork by esteemed calligraphers and artists from China such as Professor Liu Zhengcheng, Venerable Master Yinshun, Liu Chunjie, Bei Dao (world-famous poet), Ouyang Jianghe, Shao Yan, Yu Mingquan, Li Xiaojun and Venerable Jiping.
Representing Europe and the UK are renowned artists such as Sarah Butterfield, Professor Jean Bacon, Ann Massing, Peter Cavaciuti and Matthew Blakely.
Many of the most beautiful paintings and poems, both in China and Britain, celebrate gardens.
The Chinese and British have both attached especial importance to gardens over the centuries and have developed great skills as designers and horticulturalists.
Over the last 400 years Chinese plants and gardens have had a major influence on British gardens, art and ceramics. This exhibition brings together contemporary artists from China and Europe who are presenting their unique understandings of the ‘garden’ theme.
The curators of the exhibition are Professor Emeritus of King’s College, Cambridge Alan Macfarlane and Zilan Wang, a research associate at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and executive director of the Cambridge Rivers Project (CRP).
The exhibition is part of the Xu Zhimo Poetry and Art Festival which was hosted by The Cambridge Rivers Project (University of Cambridge) and King’s College Development Office, and took place at King’s College, Cambridge from 11-17 August. The poetry event welcomed distinguished poets from China and Europe, including Bei Dao, Ouyang Jianghe, Rod Mengham, Ales Steger, Nikola Madzirov, Vahni Capildeo and Elisa Biagini.
UK – Jean Bacon, Matthew Blakely, Sarah Butterfield, Peter Cavaciuti, Ann Massing, Cathy Parker, Lynne Windsor.
China – Liu Zhengcheng, Venerable Master Yinshun, Liu Chunjie, Bei Dao, Liu Zhengxing, Shao Yan, Yu Mingquan, Li Xiaojun, Ouyang Jianghe, Venerable Jiping, Shi Kai, Zhang Tielin, Zhou Tao.
Young Chinese and UK artists – Chen Xi, Ge Dalong, Dylan Giles, Yuchen Qin
Exhibition opening times:-
Tuesday 6 to Friday 9 September: 9.00 to 18.00
Saturday 10 September: 10.00 to 17.30
Sunday 11 September: Closed
Monday 12 September: 9.00 to 19.30 (private view in the evening)
Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 September: 9.00 to 18.00
The hosting organisation for this exhibition is the Vanishing Worlds Foundation.
Partner organisations include the International Calligraphy Association; Haining Xu Zhimo Poetry Festival (China); Kaifeng Foundation; and Qi Great Wall Museum of Art (China).