SOAS University of London

Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London

Mountains and Water: An exhibition of landscape paintings by XU Longsen

Shanshui Totem

Date: 1 November 2011Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 17 December 2011Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Foyer and Upper Gallery

Type of Event: Exhibition

Xu Longsen’s ‘Mountains & Water’ brings one of the most creative Chinese artist’s work to London for the first time.

Xu Longsen was born in Shanghai in 1956. His Shanshui art is forceful and unrestrained, candid and broad-minded.  By applying the fine technique of ink and brush on a vast scale, Xu Longsen not only attempts to breathe new life into the essential characteristics of Chinese Shanshui painting, but also challenges-the dynamics of modern display spaces and conventional conceptions of landscape art.  To the modern viewer, there is a mysterious and positive energy flowing through the black ink and white paper—as a landscape is reborn.

‘Mountains & Water’ is an exhibition of Shanshui or landscape art including a series of the artists smaller works on paper and an 8.5mtr high installation piece the "Shanshui Totem" specially created for this exhibition.

Special Offer while the Exhibition is on at the Brunei Gallery

Presentation Box Set containing two previous exhibition catalogues of Chinese landscape artist
Xu Longsens work and a series of selected prints only £20.00 during the exhibition and includes the catalogues:

  1. On Top of Two Empires
    (Museum of Roman Civilization, Rome 22 June – 24 July 2011)
  2. On Top of a Thousand Mountains
    (Palais de Justice, Brussels as part of the Europalia China art festival October 2009)

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Tel. 020 7898 4470

Accompanying the exhibition is a full day symposium on Saturday 5th November Landscape Art Past and Present, speakers include Xu Longsen, Wang Tao, Shane McCausland, Li Xiaoshan and Wang Yuechuang.

Details of the event can be found at: