The Honolulu Museum of Art is preparing to open its second major exhibition of the year, Contemporary Landscapes: Li Huayi.
The exhibit featuring the work of the innovative Chinese ink painter will run from Aug. 24 through Jan. 5, 2020. Li is known for his intricate landscapes and immersive environments. The exhibit includes 33 paintings and traces Li's career over three decades. His early training started in the traditions of his native Shanghai and academic European oil painting. As a teenager he worked making Socialist Realist propaganda murals during the Cultural Revolution. After immigrating to the United States he progressed into abstract expressionism before landing on his current style of monumental landscapes. Some of the recent works lent by private collections have never been publicly displayed before.
The main exhibition will be accompanied by a focus exhibition in the Atsuhiko an Ina Tateuchi Thematic Gallery contrasting Li's contemporary interpretations of the Buddhist concept of the Pure Land with historic artworks from the museum's collection.