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The Lingnan School, Rise of Modern China

Chen Shuren (1884-1948), Wild Geese, 1928 ©Hong Kong Museum of Art
  • Chen Shuren (1884-1948), Wild Geese, 1928 ©Hong Kong Museum of Art

The Lingnan School, Rise of Modern China

20 March - 28 June 2015

A collection from the last great school of traditional Chinese painting, the School of Lingnan, is  exhibited at the Musée Cernuschi in Paris  from March 20 to June 28.

The Lingnan School of Painting’s origins lie in Guangdong (present-day region of Canton), and marks the beginning of this important artistic scene at the beginning of the 19th century.  Heavily influenced by the Tokyo-based school of Japanese painting called “Nihonga”, the Lingnan School united Chinese artists Chen Shuren and the Gao brothers, Gao Jianfu and Gao Qigeng. The Lingnan School brings together elements of Guohua and the expressiveness of Western realism. Like a number of their contemporary artists and philosophers, the three artists looked towards Japan for artistic inspiration.The temporary exhibition from March will welcome a rich ensemble from Hong Kong, European museums and private collections. The exhibition retraces the birth of the school, alongside the complexity of the political movement at the time.

For a long time, the Lingnan School of painting aroused little interest from audiences or among art historians. And yet it was the first avant-garde movement in Republican China and witnessed the convulsions in the country during the first half of the 20th century. It suffered from being a regional movement and also, chronologically, from coming midway between the Chinese tradition and the generation of modern great masters such as Xu Beihong (1895-1953) and Lin Fengmian (1900-1991). In addition, its Japanese inspiration led to its being partly rejected at the first signs of the approaching Second Sino-Japanese war (1937-1945). Nonetheless, for several years now, the movement is looked upon with renewed attention while, at the same time, its contribution to the birth of artistic modernity in China is appraised again.

Useful informations

Entrance Fees :10€ (with donation 2€)  8€ (without donation), 8€ (card holders with donation), 6 € (card holders without donation)

Open from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday and Bank Holidays 
Opening hours : 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Easter : the museum is opened on Saturday 4th and closed on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th

English guide available at the exhibition's desk

Musée Cernuschi
7 avenue Vélasquez
F - 75008 - Paris
Phone +33 153 962 150 


Saturday 21st March at 4.30 p.m.
Lecture about the painting technique of the Lingnan School Masters
by Dr. Szeto Yuen-kit, head of the Chinese Paintings Department,
Hong Kong Museum of Art.
In English with a French translation - Auditorium. Free entrance