Wu Guanzhong: Travelling with the Master is the National Gallery’s sixth edition of their series on the Chinese ink master’s approach to traditional Chinese ink and contemporary art. However, this edition is different from the rest. It’s the first to be co-created by curator-docents (guides in museums and galleries) who have breathed new life into the exhibition.
We learn more about Wu Guanzhong’s spirit of travel which saw him visit Europe, Africa and more through the eyes of these enthusiastic women who offer fresh perspectives on the storied Chinese artist’s work. Wu’s varied collection consists of abstract paintings, sketches and realist depictions containing aspects of conceptual, physical, imaginative, and emotional travel that are illustrated for audiences to discover and contemplate.
The curator-docent team comprises Gertrude Tan, Queenie Chow, Stella Rong and Tina Nixon, who responded to the Gallery’s open call inviting docents to make proposals for an exhibition on Wu Guanzhong using artworks from the Gallery’s collection.