First from left:
Mr. Li Haimin, Consultant of Lili Development and Preservation Office
Prof. Zhang Pengchuan’s wife
Mr. Jason Chen, Curator of the Six Arts Museum
Prof. Zhang Pengchuan, the doctoral supervisor from Suzhou University
Mr. Mitch Dudek, Founder of the Six Arts Museum
Mr. Ji Jianping, Director of China Collectors Association
Ms. He Zheng, Curator of Xu Beihong Art Gallery
Mr. Gu Yonghua, Entrepreneur, Collector
On June 21, 2022, Prof. Zhang Pengchuan, the doctoral supervisor from Suzhou University, and his wife visited the Six Arts Museum together with Mr. Gu Yonghua, Entrepreneur, Collector, and Mr. Ji Jianping, Director of China Collectors Association, accompanied by Mr. Li Haimin, Consultant of Lili Development and Preservation Office, and Ms. He Zheng, Curator of Xu Beihong Art Gallery. Prof. Zhang Pengchuan is also former Curator of Gansu Provincial Museum and former Curator of Suzhou University Museum.
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Prof. Zhang Pengchuan was born into an artists’ family in 1942, with his father engaging in painting and his mother sculpting. His uncle is Ai Qing, the famous poet. Brought up in such an artistic atmosphere, he is extremely talented in painting.
After graduating in Mural Painting from the Academy of Arts & Design in 1965, Prof. Zhang Pengchuan worked in Gansu Provincial Museum. He participated in and also took charge of quite a few famous archaeological projects, and worked as Deputy Curator and Researcher of Gansu Provincial Museum.
Prof. Zhang Pengchuan's published academic work
In 2000, Prof. Zhang Pengchuan took up his post as doctoral supervisor of Design and Art of Suzhou University. Moreover, he prepared for the opening of the Suzhou University Museum, and worked as the curator. His published academic work includes Pictorial Analysis of Night Revels of Han Xizai and A collection of Chinese painted pottery.
In 2019, Prof. Zhang Pengchuan was invited by CCTV (China Central Television) to join a TV program and introduce to the audience a 5000-year-old human figure shaped pottery vase. Prof. Zhang Pengchuan has spared no effort to devote himself to his careers from painting to archeology, and then to art history and theory.
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80-year-old Prof. Zhang Pengchuan spent three hours visiting over 50 galleries on all four floors of the Six Arts Museum without a break and said that his meticulous visit represented his respect to the museum since he used to often work at archaeological sites.
We are deeply moved and inspired by Prof. Zhang Pengchuan’s spirit.
During the visit, Prof. Zhang Pengchuan, as well as Mr. Gu Yonghua and Mr. Ji Jianping, proposed many professional suggestions and commented on the exhibits on display based on their vast experience and perspectives.
Prof. Zhang Pengchuan was warmly received by Mr. Mitch Dudek, Founder of the Six Arts Museum, and Mr. Jason Chen, Curator of the Six Arts Museum. They had a warm talk after the visit and Prof. Zhang Pengchuan said that the Six Arts Museum is “people-friendly”, which is of great importance and value to a museum.
We sincerely appreciate Prof. Zhang Pengchuan, Mr. Yang Zhenhua and Ji Jianping for their recognition and suggestions, and also Mr. Li Haimin and Ms. He Zheng for introducing us.
Six Arts will continue to make more efforts to share and celebrate the China's traditional arts.
Thanks for the photos provided by Mr.Zhang Zhiping