Exhibition: The Vanishing Courtyards in Beijing – Watercolour Paintings by Weizhi Zhang

 

Must Not Wither, Beijing Wu Dao Ying Hutong No. 57. 不該凋零 (北京東城五道營鬍同57號)

Must Not Wither, Beijing Wu Dao Ying Hutong No. 57.
不該凋零 (北京東城五道營鬍同57號)

Beijing based artist Weizhi Zhang captured various types of Beijing courtyard gates on his watercolour canvases. Beijing quadrangle courtyards are the most elaborate examples of Chinese vernacular dwelling. Their ethnological character and variations of style, along with their delicate but powerful decorative elements, are of significant historic value and cultural meaning. Since the late 1990’s, these courtyards have been demolished to make way for modern high rise buildings. The exhibition will also present illustrations and maps of the City of Beijing. Curator: Yue Zhang.

This exhibition is part of the Vancouver 2010 Asian Heritage Month.

May 1-30, 2010
Artist’s Talk: Sunday May 2, 3:00pm
Opening reception: May 2, 4-6pm
Hall of One Hundred Rivers, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden