Bird-and-flower paintings exhibition

The Macao Museum of Art (MAM), under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Bureau, and the Nanjing Museum jointly organize the exhibition “Quietness and Clarity: Works of Chen Zhifo from the Collection of the Nanjing Museum”.
This exhibition is one of the highlighted programme of “Art Macao”, featuring a total of 166 works, including paintings, sculptures, sketches, manuscripts and painting tools by Chen Zhifo, a master of Chinese gongbi (meticulous) bird-and-flower paintings, an art educator and a pioneer of Chinese modern applied arts in the 20th century. The rich variety of works offers a multifaceted introduction to his artistic world, allowing visitors to appreciate the unique characteristics of his bird-and-flower paintings, as well as his creative thinking and remarkable artistic evolution.
Chen Zhifo (1896 – 1962), whose mastery is of paramount significance in the development of Chinese modern and contemporary bird-and-flower paintings, Chen attached great importance to natural beauty and embraced ancient and new techniques alike such as using patterns with a decorative flair and integrating the gracefulness of Japanese paintings, thus bestowing his works with a sense of tidiness, realism, elegance and brightness.