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[GUIDED TOUR 導賞] Robert Lettner: In Dialogue with the Chinese Landscape 山水哲思:羅伯特-萊特納風景水彩墨畫
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Event Type: Exhibition
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

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“Robert Lettner: In Dialogue with the Chinese Landscape” Exhibition

“Robert Lettner: In Dialogue with the Chinese Landscape” is co-presented by the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) of The University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong (CityU). The exhibition displays more than 50 watercolour landscape paintings and ink still lifes from the distinguished career of Austrian artist Robert Lettner (1943–2012), spanning the 1970s to his final years. Several Chinese works of art also have been selected from the UMAG permanent collection as a way to encourage visitors to experience the common spirit found within the landscapes and still lifes of Eastern and Western cultures.

Lettner immersed himself in the natural world, vividly depicting his vision on paper—whether representing the vast ocean, the sun’s warmth or an endless line of mountains and clouds. As an influential artist in Central Europe, Lettner also relied on an extensive library of Eastern culture and art, and he was particularly drawn to the cultural distinctions within the ideas of Chinese and Western landscape paintings. Lettner’s watercolour landscapes synthesise Western techniques and Eastern spiritual philosophies, exhibiting dynamic and deft brushwork paired with the poetic beauty of the “Void” found in Chinese aesthetics. Beginning in 2008, Lettner turned increasingly to the medium of ink, depicting in black and white each minute detail of living forms. These vital pieces showcase the visual power of Chinese ink painting through a more contemporary set of tools. He used ink pens instead of traditional brushes to draw the outlines, which resulted in a much longer process and in his distinctive ornamental forms that were enlightened by the 1960’s edition of the “Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting” (1679–1701). Lettner also explored new artistic languages through computer-generated algorithms and models, producing classical ornaments within his digital paintings, which led to a significant expansion of traditional genres of painting in both style and spirit.

The integration of East and West, of contemporary art with traditional culture, is a common trend in a globalising world. The current exhibition classifies Lettner’s watercolour landscapes into the three dominant elements seen in Eastern and Western artists-“void”, “colour” and “perspective”. “In Dialogue with the Chinese Landscape” serves as both an extension of Lettner’s art and an exploration of the philosophy of the landscape, which inevitably leads to an expansion of the vistas beyond traditional forms of painting.

《山水哲思:羅伯特-萊特納風景水彩墨畫》展覽

是次《山水哲思 -- 羅伯特∙萊特納風景水彩墨畫》展覽由香港大學(港大)美術博物館及香港城市大學(城大)創意媒體學院共同策展。展覽精選50多幅奧地利藝術家羅伯特∙萊特納(Robert Lettner)的系列水彩風景畫和靜物墨畫,以及數件來自港大美術博物館永久館藏的中國傳統繪畫作品,旨在通過中外文化的交融,引領觀眾細味東西風景山水畫中的共通神韻。

自然是萊特納永恆的繆斯之泉,無論是深遠的碧海和溫熱的金陽,還是綿長的青山與淺淡的白雲,凡靈感之所致,筆下生繁花,紙上成深林。作為當今富有影響力的中歐藝術家之一,萊特納在創作上兼收並畜東西方的文化及藝術,中西風景畫中的文化差異尤其令他著迷。西方創作技藝與東方精神哲學,在萊特納的水彩風景畫裏融為一體,輕盈生動的筆觸與極具中式美學意蘊的詩意留白令其畫作更具獨特之美。此外,因曾在創作早期受到《芥子園畫冊》的啓發,深受其中玄妙的運筆技法及道家哲學影響,自2008年起他嘗試以更現代的工具,讓其墨筆畫作呈現出如中國水墨畫一般的視覺張力,通過運用針管筆進行長久細緻的勾勒、填充,形成了他獨有的裝飾繪畫形式。萊特納還使用計算機生成的算法與模型,在其數碼繪畫中結合水與墨融合的天然肌理,將傳統繪畫形式與當代科技精妙交融,呈現出豐富多元的藝術語言和美學概念。

縱觀今日藝壇,在全球化浪潮的衝擊下,東西方文藝的邊界早已如冰悄融,當代藝術與傳統文化的融合也是大勢所向。 「留白」、「色彩」、「構圖」,是東西兩方藝術風格差異中最為突出的三個元素,因此展覽將會根據此三元素,編排萊特納的風景水彩畫作,形成中西繪畫的交流對話。是次展覽不僅是對萊特納藝術成就的追憶銘記,更希望通過東西藝術瑰寶的交相輝映,引領觀眾探尋異域文化美學中誕生的不同哲思,從而為觀眾闢出一片新的藝術視界。

Date/Time03/06/2017 12:00-12:30
Venue2/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU
LanguagePutonghua

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 28/04/2017 12:00(HKT) to 31/05/2017 15:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

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