Chen Chengwei's exhibition opens in Beijing

Chen Chengwei's exhibition opens in Beijing
Visitors look at an oil painting in Chen Chengwei's exhibition "Another Me" at the Today Art Museum in Beijing, Oct 10, 2015. [Photo provided by Today Art Museum]

A solo exhibition by painter Chen Chengwei called "Another Me" opened Saturday afternoon at the Today Art Museum in Beijing.

The exhibition is presenting more than 50 works that are set in two series - the "Autobiography" and the "Republic of China" (1912-1949).

Works of the "Autobiography" series are much-conceptualized self-portraits of the artist.

With the lighting and color imaging techniques of Rembrandt, the works are a loyal portrayal of the melancholy, lonesome, compassionate and meditating sentiments and subtle dispositions of Chen. They suggest the artist's observation and sought in continuous "Me-interpretation".

The "Republic of China" series is an artistic and aesthetic presentation of the Republican period (1912-1949) in Chen's mind.

He used a very dramatic plot in this series of works. Based on his real life and in retrospect of the past, the works offer an interpretation of the cultural complex on the foundation of the Republican period.

Chen said he had been preparing the exhibition since 2012. Through painting, he embarked on an adventure in search of his own heart. The works reflect his thoughts on subjects such as belief, marriage, crisis, and childhood dream.

As the most important Chinese contemporary artist on new figurative painting, Chen emphasizes the inheritance and expansion of both Chinese and Western humanity classics. He combines Chinese cultural elements perfectly with contemporary concepts. His works are remarkably unique in character.

Chen's works have been put on display in more than 100 exhibitions. His works are eagerly sought by important collectors and collection agencies from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and foreign countries such as Japan, Singapore, Spain, Russia, France, Germany, the U.S. and the UK.

The exhibition continues through Oct 21.


Date: Oct 10 – Oct 21, 2015

Location: 3/F Exhibition Hall of Building 1, Today Art Museum

Address: Pingod Community, No. 32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Tel: 8610-58760600