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Chinese Landscape Painting – Understanding Chinese ideology, politics and idealism with Marieke Reichwein
The painting of landscapes has been an independent art genre in China for over 1,600 years. It is found in every setting, from the background of highly political meetings to Chinese supermarkets. It is firmly embedded in the hearts and minds of everyone in this vast country.
These specific paintings are objects of a visual culture that has transferred ideology, aesthetics, power struggles and idealism through the centuries. They are artistic worldly diagrams, instrumental in interpreting current affairs.
But, the paintings are not only ‘objects’ to be observed or interpreted. The purpose of the painting is to expand a person’s narrow view of the world and our cosmos. The paintings challenge and provoke a person’s thinking process.
During this masterclass, we will explore how to read these paintings.
• Guided observation: your view
• Perspectives: a comparative view
• Art critics: the view of art historians and artists over the centuries in China
• Current affairs: deepening understanding
• Giving lodge to one’s mind