Subscribe to free Email Newsletter

Xu Beihong Memorial  


The Xu Beihong Memorial is a memorial of Chinese celebrities located at the Xinjiekou North Street in Xicheng District of Beijing. The memorial was first built in the former residence of Xu Beihong in 1954, demolished in 1966, and was reconstructed at the present site in 1973. The new memorial was completed in 1982 and opened to the public in January 1983. The memorial has seven exhibition rooms.

The No.1, No.6 and No.7 exhibition rooms are for color ink paintings from each period of Xu's career. Large-scale paintings includeOld Man Moves a Mountain,Boat Trackers,Galloping Horse,Spring Rain on the Lijiang River,Bamboos,Eagle,GeeseandCock Crowing in the Rain, etc.

The No.2 exhibition room displays oil paintings such asTianheng 500 Soldiers,Maidenhair Trees,The Moon Night,Sound of Vertical Flute,Portrait of Chen Sanyuan,Ox,Sceneries in Guilin,The Pride of the Morning in Himalayas, and so on.

The No.3 and No.5 display sketches including works from what Xu Beihong drew when he was studying at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris to the portraits of model workers and renowned scholars he drew in his late years, as well asMountain Forest of the Himalayas,Gandhi,Singaporean Boatman,Nepalese Girland so on.

The No. 4 exhibition room displays photos of Xu Beihong's life story. It displays Xu' s studio as it was originally arranged. Among the wall hangings are traditional Chinese paintings by Ren Bonian and Qi Baishi, and a photo of Xu with the Indian poet and philosopher Tagore. Also on display are the master's seals, ancient artifacts, and gifts given by foreign friends. Photos include shots from Xu' s trips to the former Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia, Italy and India.

Xu Beihong collected 1,134 works of the Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties (608-1911) up to the May 4th Movement of 1919. All together, there are over 1,286 paintings and calligraphic works of Xu, 10,000 ancient books, stone inscription rubbings, bronze vessel rubbings, and prints. The most precious is a Tang paintingEighty-seven Immortalsby Wu Daozi, a famous Tang Dynasty (618-907) painter, which the master purchased in Hong Kong in 1938.

The Xu Beihong Memorial has launched exhibitions in New Delhi and Calcutta in India, Victoria and Toronto in Canada, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore, etc.

Email to Friends