Osten trifft Westen — Eine Verwandlung der chinesischen Tuschmalerei von Tradition bis zur Moderne
Exhibition at Bergfried Wassenberg
Opening on Friday, May 31st, 2019 at 6 pm.
The exhibition will also be on display during the Arts and Culture Day on Sunday, June 2nd, from 12 noon to 6 pm and on Whitsunday, June 9th, from 2 to 4 pm.
of the works
Lili Yuan's works follow the theme of “Tradition and contemporariness in harmony”.
Her works in water colour or black, grey and white – so-called Ink Art are based on an ancient Chinese Daoist philosophy. This philosophy assumes the unity of heaven and mankind and is the spiritual source of traditional paintings.
Through her work Lili Yuan illustrates importance of close ties between man and nature. Elements of nature are used as symbols to express human qualitites such as tolerance, calmness, simplicity, but also serendipity and hopefulness. These ideas are most clearly found in landscape-paintings, published in her book “A journey to the mountains and to the water”.
In contrast to that, her contemporary paintings are designed in a very different way with a stronger influence of aesthetical ideas of the western world.
Being influenced by the art of Chinese paintings Lili Yuan creates a new facette in her paintings which is parallel to both lines of art by combining the classical Eastern kind of painting with contemporary Western art.
Lili Yuan calls her works “A journey through time” – she begins with a realistic portrait of landscapes, flowers, birds and figures which are deeply influenced by the classical tradition and continues up to a contemporary way of painting. In doing so she experiments with the uided effect of chance in an aleatorical way. In these abstract forms the sense of harmony, creation,balance and strength shine forth. This journey through time is also a process of going back to the origins of the development of mankind.
At thee center of the works of art of Lili Yuan is the countermovement of these processes.