Tzeng Yong-ning, The Flower of Plenary 05, 2019 - 2020
Tzeng Yong-ning, The Flower of Plenary 06, 2019 - 2020
Passing Landscapes not only expands on established series, but also develops two new ones, Landscape – Uphill and Landscape – Circuit. Regardless of belonging to new or old series, all works are rich in subject matter and exceptional in execution. New works from the Bloom series have new blossoms of creativity; new Swaying Flowers are brighter and more colorful; and new works from the gold-foiled The Flower of Plenary have expanded on the central circular motif into more elaborate compositions, while retaining the strong visual impact of the gold-foil.
Landscape – Uphill feature an ensemble of bizarre shapes stacked on top of each other, in which the title Uphill suggests movement and sense of growth. Landscape – Circuit is inspired by a sub-genre of painting in the early Song Dynasty called Small Scenery Painting (xiao jing). At a more intimate scale, more attention is given to detail, where each and every detail is intertwined and tightly knit into the overall composition, and the sense of movement appears to flow in a continuous array of lines and circles; hence the name Circuit.
October 10 – December 12, 2020 Hours: 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Liu Kuo-sung December 21, 2019 – May 31, 2020 Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts
Liu Kuo-sung, Moon Walk, 1969
Liu Kuo-sung, Blue Moon Landscape, 1969 – 1990
Liu Kuo-sung, Wintry Mountains Covered with Snow, 1964
Liu Kuo-sung, Mountain Beyond Mountains, 1968
Liu Kuo-sung, Valley in the Shade of the Darkness, 1979
Liu Kuo-sung, Rising Clouds, 1989
Liu Kuo-sung, Ripples: Jiuzhaigou Valley Series No. 12, 2001
To the Moon exhibition consists of 64 works by the avant-garde contemporary ink painterLiu Kuo-sung (Liu Guosong). The works on display are classified by subject matter into Calligraphic Abstraction, Space, Water Rubbing, Steeped Ink, and Tibetan Suite series; the dates these works span the half-century period from 1964 to the present. The exhibition not only provides an in-depth look at the artist’s personal creative history, but can be also be seen as historical retrospective of the development of art in Taiwan
Liu Kuo-sung’s artistic style was forged during a period of roughly six years in the 1960’s. At that time, he used abstract art concepts to develop a minimalist expressive approach to traditional Chinese ink painting, while also employing a downward-looking or bird’s-eye view perspective to create landscapes that seem to be viewed from the air. His nimble changes of viewing angle, large focal brushstrokes, and attention to detail give his ink paintings a distinctive style; his works of this type can be classified as belonging to his wild cursive abstract series.
On Christmas Eve in 1968, America’s Apollo 8 spacecraft gave the world a gift from lunar orbit—a photograph of Earth from the moon. Inspired by this photo and the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, Liu Kuo-sung began furiously working on paintings featuring the sun, earth, moon, and their different phases. When the astronauts on Apollo 11 completed the first moon landing in 1969, this milestone in human history completely transformed the then 37 Liu Kuo-sung’s artistic vision. From this point on, his art spun off countless fantasies and variations; his works of this type are huge in number, and span different periods, but are generally classified as belonging to his well-known Space series.
At around the same time, Liu Kuo-sung continued to retain the essence of traditional painting, and neglected neither the physical principles of figurative, realistic painting, nor the imagined spaces of abstract freehand brushwork, which is attested by works from the various stages of his artistic career: His early novice stage, academy and painting association periods, his abstract wild cursive paintings and space paintings, and when he was making his later grand landscape paintings displaying innovative techniques—all of these periods displayed the fruits of his cumulative study and practice. The realism of some of his works attains an intensely micro focus, but also subtly conveying an abstract expressive spirit, while the overall image still consisted of a figurative landscape picture.
Liu Kuo-sung regards the deep elements of traditional culture with an artist’s curiosity. He employs experimental and innovative techniques in his ink paintings, which gives his works a sense of modernity and contemporaneity. In view of Liu’s deep gratitude and affection for Taiwan, the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts has specially assembled a task team to gathered all available assistance to accomplish this meaningful exhibition, which commemorates the 70th anniversary of Liu Kuo-sung’s arrival in Taiwan, and have drawn on the artist’s lifelong indomitable spirit as a response to the courage and initiative shown by humankind’s first moon landing half a century ago.