“This exhibition is the first time these artworks have been exhibited together outside of China,” says Otsuka. “Short of taking a trip to Beijing, you will not have an opportunity like this again.” Beihong is a pioneer of contemporary realism in China, the main current in art there. “He laid the groundwork for realism in art after the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, during the Cultural Revolution and in the late 20th century,” notes Julie Segraves, director of the Asian Art Coordinating Committee and another Denver-based expert in the field.
The show, which requires special tickets, opens this morning at 10 a.m. in the DAM’s Hamilton Building, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, and runs through January 29. Call 720-865-5000 or go to www.denverartmuseum.org for additional details and tickets.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Oct. 30. Continues through Jan. 29, 2011