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Tuesday, November 07, 2000, updated at 09:11(GMT+8)

Singaporean Artist to Display Paintings in China

Well-known Singaporean painter Liu Kang will make his exhibition debut in China.

Beijing visitors can view 50 masterpieces by the China-born artist on November 7-26 at the China Art Gallery.

The exhibition of the works by Liu Kang, which is co-sponsored by China's Ministry of Culture and Singapore's Ministry of Information and the Arts, is a cultural exchange activity celebrating the 10th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between China and Singapore.

Born in 1911 in Fujian Province, Liu spent his early years in Malaysia, studied art in Shanghai and Paris, and taught art in Shanghai during the 1930s.

Since residing in Singapore in 1942, Liu has been active as an artist, educator and cultural commentator there. He was reputed as a Pioneer Artist and a master of the Nanyang School, which uses Chinese brush strokes and Western painting techniques to give unique aesthetic identity to Singaporean artists and the "dream of a tropical style."

Art historian Shao Dazhen, who is also professor of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, said that the Nanyang School led by Liu and three others painters combines characteristics from both China and Western countries.

The exhibition will also be shown at the Liu Hai-su Art Museum in Shanghai between January 7 and 20, 2001.

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Well-known Singaporean painter Liu Kang will make his exhibition debut in China.

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