Exhibition of the rare collection of seal enthusiast Huang Binhong

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An exhibition featuring the seal collection and works of renowned artist Huang Binhong will be held at the Wulin Pavilion of the Zhejiang Museum until Sept. 3.

In the history of modern Chinese art, Huang enjoys a popularity equal to that of Qi Baishi. The two have been dubbed “Northern Qi and Southern Huang” in the story, a reflection of their unparalleled status as artists.

The exhibition presents 129 seals collected by Huang and his 40 ink washes, seals and manuscripts.

Seal carving flourished as an art form when painters and calligraphers completed a work and produced with a red wax seal.

This fashion gave rise to a variety of seal styles across many dynasties.

Huang became obsessed with epigraphy in his thirties and collected about 2,000 seals from different dynasties.

Zhejiang Museum / Ti Gong

Exhibition of the rare collection of seal enthusiast Huang Binhong

Zhejiang Museum / Ti Gong

Two seals carved by Huang Binhong are on display at the Zhejiang Museum’s Wulin Pavilion until Sept. 3.

Today, half of his collection is kept in the Zhejiang Museum. The objects on display are considered emblematic of the collection due to their first-rate carving techniques.

During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), when seals became less favored and were mainly used for authentication among craftsmen and artists, a group of seal-carving artists arose in the delta region of Yangtze River, including Huang.

His exposed seals reflect his superb artistry.

The rubbing method transforms three-dimensional inscriptions into two-dimensional marks is known as quanxingtuo (全形拓), which developed into a branch of Chinese epigraphy, attracting endless streams of scholars.

The manuscripts presented include the quanxingtuo art he made with the old seals collected.

Exhibition of the rare collection of seal enthusiast Huang Binhong

Zhejiang Museum / Ti Gong

A piece of Huang Binhong’s manuscript

Huang viewed the carving of seals, calligraphy, and paintings as integrated activities. The exhibition also presents his ink wash paintings in a whimsical and playful style.

He spent his last years in Hangzhou, devoting himself to art education as a teacher at the China Academy of Art.

After Huang died in Hangzhou in 1955, his family donated more than 5,000 works, including seal carvings, ink paintings, calligraphy and collected relics, to the Zhejiang Museum.

This exhibition is an opportunity to take a look at the works of this great artist.

Exhibition of the rare collection of seal enthusiast Huang Binhong

Zhejiang Museum / Ti Gong

A piece of calligraphy by Huang Binhong

Huang Binhong and his seals

Date: until September 3 (closed on Mondays)

Venue: Wulin Pavilion, Zhejiang Museum

Address: Area E, West Lake Culture Square, 581 Zhongshan Rd N

中山北路581号西湖文化广场E区

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