Free exhibit of contemporary Chinese art in Balboa Park.

Gallery 15 at the San Diego Museum of Art is free to the public.
Gallery 15 at the San Diego Museum of Art is free to the public.

Through April 25, 2016, you have a chance to see some fantastic contemporary Chinese art in beautiful Balboa Park. And this small exhibition is free!

You’ll see six contemporary Chinese paintings by the acclaimed Beijing-based artist Pan Gongkai. President of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Pan fuses Western influence with the Chinese brush-and-ink tradition.

One work, over 45 feet long, titled Noble Virtues, is a feast for the eyes. It depicts the “four gentlemen”. These are the plum blossom, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum, plants that represent the four seasons. You have to see this artwork in person to fully appreciate the symbolism and the bold, dynamic beauty.

The other work, on the opposite wall, is called Lotus Pond. This series of five paintings reveals aspects of human life.  The lotus represents the soul’s resilience and purity.

Where can you find this art? Next time you’re in Balboa Park, walk through Panama 66 in the San Diego Museum of Art’s May S. Marcy Sculpture Court, and look for the sign to the restrooms. That door leads into Gallery 15, an area of the museum that is free to the public!

Free exhibition. Pan Gongkai. New Paintings for the San Diego Museum of Art.
Free exhibition. Pan Gongkai. New Paintings for the San Diego Museum of Art.
The Beijing-based artist Pan Gongkai is deeply invested in the study and practice of traditional Chinese art. The artists has used spontaneous and expressive brushwork that borders on abstraction.
The Beijing-based artist Pan Gongkai is deeply invested in the study and practice of traditional Chinese art. The artist has used spontaneous and expressive brushwork that borders on abstraction. (Click to enlarge.)
One painting in the series Lotus Pond, 2015, by contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai.
One painting in the series Lotus Pond, 2015, by contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai.
One painting in the series Lotus Pond, 2015, by contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai.
One painting in the series Lotus Pond, 2015, by contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai.
One painting in the series Lotus Pond, 2015, by contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai.
One painting in the series Lotus Pond, 2015, by contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai.
Poems on Four Nobles. Plum, Orchid, Bamboo in Rain, and Chrysanthemum.
Poems on Four Nobles. Plum, Orchid, Bamboo in Rain, and Chrysanthemum. (Click to enlarge.)
Section of the painting Noble Virtues, 2015, by contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai.
Section of the painting Noble Virtues, 2015, by contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai.
Section of the painting Noble Virtues, 2015, by contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai.
Section of the painting Noble Virtues, 2015, by contemporary Chinese artist Pan Gongkai.

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