Wang Zengqi’s paintings on display

Writer: Cao Zhen  |  Editor: Vincent Lin  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2021-09-08

A total of 130 paintings and calligraphic works by Chinese writer Wang Zengqi (1920-1997) are on display at Futian Art Museum. Entry is free.

Visitors to the exhibition will be offered an insight into Wang’s world of culture, his understanding of the intimate relationship between Chinese literature and fine art and his philosophical look on life.

Wang is often hailed as a “lyric humanist” who inherited the spirit of Chinese scholar-artists, being well-cultivated in literature, calligraphy and ink paintings. His works are exuberant with delight, wit and serenity. He once said, “Painting classic Chinese paintings is so fun because one can add poems on the painting to express emotions and feelings, and also to complain.”

At the National Southwest Associated University in 1939, Wang studied under the supervision of Shen Congwen, widely considered to be one of the greatest Chinese writers. Wang has been especially popular among readers for his faithful, vivid descriptions of people and the details of daily things, gourmet dishes in particular. One outstanding characteristic of Wang’s writing is the use of colloquial language, which combined his mother tongue of Gaoyou in Jiangsu Province with the Beijing dialect since he had worked in the capital for a long time.

Dates: Until Sept. 20

Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Venue: Futian Art Museum, 5 Meidong Road 2, Futian District (福田区梅东二路5号福田美术馆)

Metro: Line 10 to Maling Station (孖岭站), Exit D