Bright glory - the aesthetics of Yuan Yunfu

Exhibition Period16 August, 2018 - 7 October, 2018

Exhibition Venue1st Floor Exhibition Hall, Tsinghua University Art Museum



Tsinghua University Art Museum hosts Bright Glory – The Aesthetics of Yuan Yunfu from August 16 to October 7, 2018. As a significant painter at the turn of the century, Yuan Yunfu had made great achievements in painting field, especially in exploration of modern colour science and ink painting art modernity, which is worth our deep researches and discussions. About 120 works, including oil paintings, gouaches, ink paintings and colour ink paintings of Yuan will be displayed in the exhibition. The intention of this exhibition is, firstly, to cherish the memory of 

Yuan Yunfu, who passed away in 2017, and purse an artist's life path and significance in art history through the organisation, interpretation and description of his artistic thoughts and works; and secondly, to delve into the historical traditions and ideological development track of the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University from the perspective of academic context Inheritance of the Academy and through the case study on Yuan's works.


As a great artist, Yuan was energetic and intelligent. Regardless of the circumstances, he always discovered the opportunities and turned them to positive directions. His achievements in the field of colour studies were made under such historical situation. In the cadre school with the poorest living conditions, he combined the advantages of Chinese and Western art, complemented them and created unique color experience and aesthetic conception of modern China, which indicated his artistic life with loneliness but also innovations.