Paintings on classic Chinese poems on display

More than 300 Chinese paintings portraying images expressed in classic Chinese poems are currently on display at Songjiang’s Yun Jian Granary Cultural and Creative Park. The exhibition, titled “Classics in Paintings,” offers visitors free entry and will last until June 8.

Artistic creation of the works exhibited this time took eight years.

In 2012 Chen Peiqiu, a painter from the Shanghai Chinese Painting Academy, and 17 other artists created 108 painting works based on stories told in classic Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) poems. The batch of paintings drew an outpouring of favorable comments.

In 2015 and 2018 more than 30 renowned artists from Beijing and Shanghai as well as Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces followed suit and created works from Song Dynasty (960-1279) poems and The Book of Songs, the earliest collection of poems in ancient China.

“To illustrate classic Chinese poems is not an easy task. Artists have to use visual language to express poetic images,” said Che Pengfei, one of the participating artists.

The works were arranged according to artists’ ages and the dynasties the poetic images belonged to in order to show a sense of inheritance, according to the exhibition organizers.

Meanwhile, the exhibits’ namesake painting album, with poems translated by renowned translator and Peking University professor Xu Yuanchong, has been published and is being promoted as recommended reading by China’s Confucius Institute.

Address: No. 10053 Songjin Highway, Songjiang District

Opening hours: 9:30am-4:30pm (Tuesdays-Sundays)