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This 6-episode series centers around the works created by the contemporary Chinese painting master WU Guanzhong. In the first five episodes, we will visit water towns, old villages and Chinese gardens to search for WU’s footprints during his years spent on sketching in Jiangnan. In episode 6, we will come back to Hong Kong and see the connection between WU and the city throughout his art journey.

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    監製:Chung Ka Wai


    This is an arts education documentary series co-produced by RTHK and the Hong Kong Museum of Art. The 6-episode programme centers around the works depicting Jiangnan’s landscape, which were given to Hong Kong, created by the contemporary Chinese painting master WU Guanzhong. It will also explain in detail WU’s aesthetic perception and artistic style.

    The first five episodes will bring the audience to Yixing, Shaoxing, Suzhou, Zhejiang and Anhui to search for WU’s footprints during his years spent on sketching in Jiangnan, in order to present the scenery of the water town, old villages, gardens, etc. to the audience and give a more in-depth introduction on the linkage between Jiangnan and the master’s paintings; in episode 6, we will travel back from Jiangnan to Hong Kong and explain WU’s connection with Hong Kong on his art journey.

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    11/09/2020
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    WU Guanzhong had visited Hong Kong many times before his passing and had 60 years of indissoluble bond with Hong Kong.

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    In the 1950’s, WU completed his study in France and caught a glimpse of the Pearl of the Orient when he returned to China via Hong Kong.
    In the 1980’s, China launched reform and opening-up. Meanwhile, the world discovered and appreciated WU via Hong Kong.
    In the 1990’s, he visited Hong Kong again to paint the local life and urban scenery, leaving traces of the era.
    In 2002, he revisited Victoria Harbour to sketch in public, with the purpose to demonstrate and pass on to students his techniques and how he captures “life” in paintings.
    In the final stage of his life, WU donated many of his precious works to Hong Kong, such that Hong Kong could continue to serve as a window for the world to have a glimpse of his artistic mind.

    This episode appreciates plenty of WU Guanzhong’s paintings which feature the streets of Hong Kong. Together with his “City Night” which features the bustling city show us how WU had captured the “life” of Hong Kong.


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    • Ep 6 : Five Fated Encounters

      Ep 6 : Five Fated Encounters

      WU Guanzhong had visited Hong Kong many times before his passing and had 60 years of indissoluble bond with Hong Kong.

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      In the 1950’s, WU completed his study in France and caught a glimpse of the Pearl of the Orient when he returned to China via Hong Kong.
      In the 1980’s, China launched reform and opening-up. Meanwhile, the world discovered and appreciated WU via Hong Kong.
      In the 1990’s, he visited Hong Kong again to paint the local life and urban scenery, leaving traces of the era.
      In 2002, he revisited Victoria Harbour to sketch in public, with the purpose to demonstrate and pass on to students his techniques and how he captures “life” in paintings.
      In the final stage of his life, WU donated many of his precious works to Hong Kong, such that Hong Kong could continue to serve as a window for the world to have a glimpse of his artistic mind.

      This episode appreciates plenty of WU Guanzhong’s paintings which feature the streets of Hong Kong. Together with his “City Night” which features the bustling city show us how WU had captured the “life” of Hong Kong.


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      11/09/2020
    • Ep 5 : Dots, Lines, Planes and Beyond

      Ep 5 : Dots, Lines, Planes and Beyond

      By sketching objects such as his hometown, Jiangnan, plants and gardens, WU Guanzhong developed a more abstract style, and his works were gradually dotted with picturesque.

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      This episode will analyse some special elements in WU’s work, such as: swallows, bridges, cubes, lines and coloured dots, and we will see how he used these elements to create abstract works like “Swallows in flight”,“Music notes high in the sky” and “Sunset as red as blood (I)”.

      Last but not least, we will elaborate on why he used “Faces unchanged”, a painting with purely coloured dots, to sum up his lifetime pursuit of art.


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      04/09/2020
    • Ep 4 : Whose House could Boast of a Sweeter Delight?

      Ep 4 : Whose House could Boast of a Sweeter Delight?

      For WU Guanzhong, Chinese gardens were the soul of Chinese landscape painting, and they also made contemporary arts more appealing.

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      WU loved getting inspiration and ideas from and doing sketching and painting in gardens.
      He thought that Chinese gardens were beautiful because of their serenity, scatteredness, penetratedness and leaking through scenery.
      Meanwhile, WU associated Taihu stones, which can be found in the gardens of Suzhou, with figure paintings of the West.
      He described that constitution of human body revealed the life of stones while stones inspired him about the natural inner spirit of human body.

      This episode will introduce the landscape paintings of WU: “Fish in play”,“Lion Grove Garden”,“Remaining lotus flowers in ice and snow”, "Matchmaking on a wall”, etc. Let’s see how the master integrated the art theories of painting and sculpture of East and West in his works.


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      28/08/2020
    • Ep 3 : Blossoms Blooming Everywhere

      Ep 3 : Blossoms Blooming Everywhere

      How lines play an important role in WU Guanzhong’s works during different stages throughout his artistic journey?

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      The lively abstract lines in his paintings are originated from actual substances, where much of his inspiration comes from the plants in nature, such as trees.
      WU has various paintings featuring plants like wisteria and old cypress.

      This episode will walk audience through some of these paintings, such as “Memories of home”,“Revival” and “The easterly breeze blows open the wisteria”, to introduce the importance of verve and rhythm in abstract art and understand how the master breaks through the solid boundaries by manipulating lines to achieve an abstract style.


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      21/08/2020
    • Ep 2 : Longing for Jiangnan

      Ep 2 : Longing for Jiangnan

      From Wu Guanzhong's “Waterway”, “A deserted house”, “Xidi Village” and “Chinatown”, one can see the master’s unique style and feelings for Jiangnan.

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      WU Guanzhong left his hometown to study abroad when he was young, then he went to study painting in Paris when he was in his youth.
      He lived in Beijing after returning to China but he all along had a strong affection for Jiangnan.

      As a result, not only the ordinary lives of water towns and old villages, small bridges and running waters around, and white walls and black tiles there became beautiful sceneries under WU’s brushes, but also the basis for practicing the integration of Chinese and Western artistic ideas.
      He had tried applying the features of cubism of the Western Art into depicting the villages in Jiangnan.
      Gradually, his work had evolved into the more abstract “The Wu Village” series.

      In this episode, we shall introduce his work such as “Waterway”, “A deserted house”, “Xidi Village” and “Chinatown”, in which we can appreciate the master’s unique style and feelings for Jiangnan.



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      14/08/2020
    • Ep 1 : Hometown  Affection

      Ep 1 : Hometown Affection

      From the 4 significant works by WU Guanzhong, we will explore his affection for hometown.

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      WU Guanzhong was born in a rural village of Yixing, Jiangsu in 1919. Since he was little, scenes of everyday life in the rural townships of Jiangnan were imprinted on his mind.

      In addition, his admiration for LU Xun and his literature since childhood develops into a sense of kinship with Shaoxing, LU Xun’s hometown, driving him to sketch in Shaoxing repeatedly. That is why many of WU’s representative works are related to Shaoxing, for example: “The hometown of Lu Xun (III)”, “Former residence of Qiu Jin”, “Two swallows”, “Reminiscence of Jiangnan”, etc.

      In this episode, we will appreciate these significant works by WU Guanzhong and explore his background and also his affection for hometown.




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      07/08/2020
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