Comment on Exhibition | "Old Man Older than Us" Where did Huang Yongyu’s early optimistic innocence go?

[Editor’s Note] The column of "The Paper Art Review" comments on recent hot exhibitions with personal exhibition experience and independent perspective. The critical exhibitions include "Huang Yongyu Zodiac Art Exhibition" in National Museum, "Peng Wei’s solo exhibition: I think of you" in Suzhou Museum and "Song Dong: I don’t know destiny" in Shanghai Bund Art Museum. Contributions are welcome in this column, and the remuneration is preferential. It is required to express feelings, have substance in words, form an article or speak in a few words. The submission email address:, and the email title should be marked with "surging exhibition evaluation".

Twelve Twelve Months: Huang Yongyu Zodiac Art Exhibition

Venue: National Museum (Beijing)

Time: January 19-February 12, 2017

Ticket price: free of charge

Comments: First of all, Huang Yongyu, a 90-year-old painter, should be congratulated for holding an exhibition. Besides, Huang Yongyu’s zodiac paintings do have a unique sense of humor. Huang Yongyu’s most famous Zodiac paintings are the monkey tickets for the Year of Gengshen drawn in 1980. It is said that there is a huge room for appreciation. Huang Yongyu’s subsequent painting market is also booming, becoming an old man with much more money than "those old men who are older than him". It seems that an exhibition will be held in the National Museum every year in recent years. However, congratulations go back to congratulations. Some of Huang Yongyu’s Zodiac paintings are really talented and ingenious, but compared with his Gengshen monkey paintings, they lack an inherent simplicity. In the final analysis, these Zodiac paintings on display are still just cartoons, and most of the satire lacks connotation and aftertaste, and the calligraphy style of the inscription is artificial. For example, in the painting, a fat pig is painted, and the inscription is "People lose weight themselves but are afraid that I will lose weight", and the mouse is pointed at a cat with a big belly and pregnancy. Compared with their early paintings, these paintings are bright and simple, which makes people sigh!

Huang Yongyu’s early woodcut works are full of talent, folk decoration, and an optimistic innocence, which was once admired by Wang Zengqi. When he was young, he was very friendly with Wang Zengqi and Huang Shang, and developed in his later years. It is said that he loved to show off and his pen and ink seemed to be frivolous.

澎湃 star rating: two stars

Poster of Huang Yongyu Zodiac Exhibition

On the eve of the Lunar Year of the Rooster, Huang Yongyu held a "Zodiac Painting Exhibition" in the National Museum, in which he showed 168 paintings of the Zodiac in the last 12 years (12 paintings of the Zodiac are created every year, which are assembled into a monthly calendar, plus the cover painting and the explanatory text of Huang Yongyu’s calligraphy, totaling 14 paintings every year).

Huang Yongyu painted the zodiac monkey.

Peng Wei solo exhibition: I think of you.

Venue: Suzhou Museum

Time: January 14-March 12, 2017

Ticket price: free of charge

Comments: As a young female artist, Peng Wei, who is obsessed with ancient charm and physical properties, has a kind of aura, which can be felt from the exhibition itself in Suzhou Museum even if she doesn’t look at her works. Wu Hongliang, the curator and director of the Art Museum of Beijing Academy of Painting, has a kind of persistent thinking about the presentation of the exhibition hall effect. As he said, "Your (Peng Wei’s) works often give people the impression of being too clever and too relaxed. So, I was a little worried at first when I looked at your paintings, but I got in touch with you, listened to you, and understood what you were thinking. It turned out to be really like this, and I was relieved as a friend. Therefore, this exhibition, just do it with your heart. " It should be said that this exhibition has achieved Mr. Wu Hongliang’s goal, and the ancient charm and modernity of the paintings are also in good agreement with the atmosphere of Suzhou Museum. However, going back to the painting itself, Peng Wei’s strength is cleverness, and her weakness seems to be cleverness. As far as landscape painting is concerned, the lines of pen and ink still need to be improved, and the pursuit of Mo Yun and artistic conception can still be deepened. However, the artist is still young and there is still a long way to go.

澎湃 star rating: Samsung and a half

"Peng Wei solo exhibition: I think of you" exhibition site

After the Renaissance sketch exhibition in the British Museum, the modern hall of Suzhou Museum has once again undergone a poetic transformation. Peng Wei, an artist, with more than 50 works in the past five years, has created a dialogue field that blends Chinese and western cultures with ink in the garden space designed by I.M. Pei.

Installation works

This exhibition, curated by Wu Hongliang, deputy director of the Art Museum of Beijing Academy of Painting, is the first appearance of Peng Wei’s new series "Ya Yi" and the boldest exhibition of Subo Modern Hall: the whole space will be wrapped in translucent materials and divided into continuous spaces, based on the texture of the silk used by Peng Wei’s well-known "yes man", inspired by the twists and turns of Suzhou gardens and the geometric straight lines designed by I.M. Pei in Suzhou Museum.

Song Dong: I don’t know my destiny

Venue: Shanghai Bund Art Museum

Time: January 21-March 26, 2017

Ticket price: 30 yuan

Comments: It is said that this is a grounded exhibition of Shanghai Bund Art Museum. The mirror that permeates the walls, the window frames that make up the room, and the slogan "Don’t do it for nothing", Song Dong used these daily things to occupy the whole exhibition hall space. At the opening session of the exhibition, the artist invited guests to eat the whole city made of biscuits. However, I heard that there are many rats in the Bund Art Museum. In case a diner sees a small footprint on a half-bitten wafer, how to react at this time may test everyone’s wisdom. As a performance art, such "eating a city" may still be a gimmick.

澎湃 star rating: Samsung and a half


In the art season, Song Dong is decorating a biscuit house, and "Eating a City" is one of the opening activities.

When the curator went to greet the reporters attending the press conference, the artist Song Dong still stayed in his biscuit house, and built a tall building with sticks, pizza and waffles. The whole building of the Bund Art Museum was filled with a strange smell of cream. Song Dong filled the Bund Art Museum with his 66 works, which also made this space, which always seemed quite cold, lively.

Exhibition 6 th floor space

This is perhaps the most grounded exhibition in the history of the Bund Art Museum. The mirror that permeates the walls, the window frames that make up the room, and the slogan "Don’t do it for nothing", Song Dong used these daily things to occupy the whole exhibition hall space. On a certain floor, the audience will face the queuing guardrail that is often used in public places, which is covered with daily propaganda slogans. It takes a long time to walk around the guardrail before entering the end of the room, where there stands a square monument without words. In a thousand words, or without a word, daily life invades the space of the art museum, calling for wisdom from Chang Min.

Although the contents of the exhibition are uneven and polymorphic, the artist himself has not made a condescending gesture. In "Thirty-six Calendars", he tells his own story frankly, such as growing up, falling in love, the arrival of children, attending exhibitions, and his mother falling to save a bird. In another place, the artist hangs his own photos in a small space, as if it were his own living room, and 50 enlarged dolls show the artist’s self-disclosure.

A calendar in "Thirty-six Calendars" tells that my mother fell to save a bird.

Each floor of the art museum has been turned into a theater with an independent theme, and at the same time, some spaces are connected with each other. Artists have also made some arrangements in the unconventional exhibition space of the art museum, and the audience may have some special experiences.

More exhibition information:

James Terrell retrospective exhibition

Venue: Shanghai Long Art Museum (West Coast Pavilion)

Time: January 22–May 21, 2017

This exhibition covers the artist’s works of art in the past 50 years, including his representative lighting and space installations and selected photography and printmaking works. Terrier’s brand-new site-specific works based on the spatial design of the Dragon Art Museum will also be highlighted in the exhibition.

Auspicious Antai: Exhibition of Welcome Paintings and Calligraphy by Famous Maritime Artists

Venue: Duoyun Art Museum

Time: January 18th-February 8th, 2017

On the occasion of resigning the old year and welcoming the new year, Duo Yunxuan brought calligraphers Liu Xiaoqing, Liu Yiwen, Zhang Weisheng and Ding Shenyang, painters Gong Jixian, Yang Zhengxin, Che Pengfei and Le Zhenwen, seal engravers Lu Kang, Sun Weizu, Wu Chengbin and Yuan Huimin with auspicious and auspicious paintings and calligraphy exhibitions. I wish you good luck and peaceful future!

It’s warmest here in the New Year.

Venue: apparent horizon Art (Shanghai Red Square)

Time: January 21st-February 15th, 2017

In this exhibition, courtyard furnishings, desk ornaments and modern sculpture installations are displayed side by side. Among them, two huge sculptures show the artistic features of the artist Pin Mi, and there are also works by Inoue, Ding Xiongquan, Ding Liren, xia yang, Yao Xingwen and Qin Yifeng.


Buddhist Biography in Vietnam and Southeast China: Buddhist Events, Scenery and Relic

Venue: Gushan Hall, Zhejiang Provincial Museum

Time: January 13-March 27, 2017

The 111 pieces (groups) of Buddhist relics exhibited in the exhibition are mostly from pagodas, underground palaces, kiln sites and tombs in Southeast Zhejiang Province. Most of the gold and copper statues unearthed from pagodas in the period from Wu Yueguo to Song, Yuan and Ming Dynasties, as well as other Buddhist statues, scriptures, relic containers, and Brahma bells and chimes used in temples, especially the gold and copper statues in the period of Wu Yueguo in the Five Dynasties have the largest number and the most content.

Let go of the hills and valleys: an exhibition of landscape paintings by Xin’ an painting school

Venue: Wulin Hall, Zhejiang Museum

Time: January 21st-February 19th, 2017

This exhibition will display 70 pieces (groups) of Xin ‘an Painting School’s works from Anhui Museum and Zhejiang Museum, showing the artistic style and development process of this painting school. The exhibits include Sun Yi’s "A Picture of a Creek", Cheng Sui’s "Walking Alone to Autumn Mountain", Jian Jiang’s "A Picture of a Happy Forest" and Cha Shibiao’s "A Picture of a Landscape Imitating Yuan People".


Happy ever after: Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Ancient Life Exhibition (Art)

Venue: Tianjin Museum

Time: January 20th-February 19th, 2017

This exhibition is jointly organized by the Capital Museum, Tianjin Museum and Hebei Museum. More than 190 ancient artworks collected by the three museums will be exhibited, including more than 90 first-class and second-class cultural relics, presenting the artistic life and spiritual world of ancient people in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei. The exhibition shows literati paintings, porcelain, lacquerware, and unearthed cultural relics from kiln sites in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei.


Art Home: Hidden House inshow Art Collection Exhibition

Venue: Yinshe inshow Art Center, Shenzhen

Time: January 18th-March 10th, 2017

In addition to the works of Xu Hongfei, Hu Jiefeng, Lu Zengkang, Gu Cunyan, Matsuo Ichiro, Xu Yuling, Matsui Kakuko, etc., this exhibition also presents modern epigraphy and calligraphy of Qi Baishi, Chen Julai and Wang Fuchang, aiming at guiding urbanites to learn, appreciate and collect their lifestyles.

New Zealand:

Zeng Sankai and Wang Li’s two-person exhibition of ink and wash at the stop of the sea

Venue: Blue Butterly Art Space, Auckland, New Zealand

Time: January 18th-February 20th, 2017

This exhibition is planned by Jin Jiangbo, an artist and curator, and shows more than 40 works recently created by two China artists. Among them, Zeng Sankai used books to paint, and he was good at exploring the true meaning of China landscape in brushwork; The characters in Wang Li’s works are quite interesting, which shows his artistic ideal of lifting weights easily.