An exhibition devoted to Antoine Mortier is currently on show at the Tsinghua University Art Museum in Beijing. A fascinating dialogue between the Brussels painter’s works in Indian ink and traditional and contemporary Chinese paintings created with the same technique.
Several of Antoine Mortier’s works held in the Thomas Neirynck Collection come into their own as part of the exhibition “Antoine Mortier. Ink made real” taking place at the Tsinghua University Art Museum of Beijing. The exhibition focuses on Mortier’s work in Indian ink, a technique that dates back over a thousand years and one that Mortier used extensively. He felt that this was an ideal means of expressing ideas spontaneously and directly, achieving exactly what he wanted in his works. It is a technique that demands rigorous discipline, patience and considerable technical skills.
The exhibition is the fruit of cooperation between the Art Museum of the University of Tsinghua, the asbl Antoine Mortier and the Antoine Mortier Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation. The initiative is supported by the Belgian Embassy in Beijing and the Belgo-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (BCECC).
In order to preserve the work of Antoine Mortier (1908-1999), his daughter Françoise Mortier set up the Antoine Mortier Fund within the King Baudouin Foundation, in close cooperation with her son, the artist’s grandson, Gil Knops. They have entrusted a significant ensemble of Mortier’s paintings, works on paper and preparatory drawings to the King Baudouin Foundation, with the aim of preserving the essence of Antoine Mortier’s artistic gesture by handing down works that bear witness to his creative process. The Fund is also committed to promoting the work of Antoine Mortier.