As the centennial of Wu Guanzhong in 2019, “Early Encounter of the East and the West – 20th Century Chinese Artists Abroad in France: ‘Unbroken Kite String – relationship between concrete and abstract – A tribute to Wu Guanzhong on His 100th Birth’” will be grand presented at Grand Lisboa Hotel on 1st July to 31st July, to commemorate Wu with everyone that loves his art and to share the master’s love and passion for art and life.
Mr. Wu Guanzhong is undoubtedly an art giant with multiple significance. He is a great master that melts the merits of Chinese and western arts during the fierce collision between Chinese and western cultures in the first half of the 20th century and he play a leading role in the important transformation of Chinese painting in the late 20th century as well. Wu Guanzhong shocked the whole painting world with his concise remarks that pen and ink means nothing, but the spiritual orientation of traditional literati is deeply reflected in his paintings. He compares his accomplishment in oil paintings and traditional Chinese paintings as “the amphibious hardships”, and carries out an interactive art exploration on two aspects of "nationalization of oil painting" and “modernization of traditional Chinese painting”.