The Innovation of Ink: Transformation and Reinvention of Oriental Aesthetics – Featured Exhibition of Wang Dongling & Xu Lei
The practice of contemporary ink painting has got rid of the narrow definition of medium and genre and entered a broader space for artistic expression. Like other art forms, ink painting has become a crucial part in the process of the construction of cultural self-consciousness.
To celebrate the inauguration of Sands China’s newest permanent art space, Sands Gallery, we are greatly honored to invite the distinguished art historian and professor, Julia F. Andrews to curate the very first headline exhibition, which is also considered as the most comprehensive and largest exhibition in Macao for the two world-renowned artists, Wang Dongling and Xu Lei.
• Date: 24 February – 20 March (Closed on 8 March)
• Time: 11:00am – 7:00pm
• Location: Sands Gallery, Level 6, The Grand Suites at Four Seasons
"THE INNOVATION OF INK" BOOKLET>>
  • About Curator
  • Wang Dongling
  • Xu Lei
Curator: Julia F. Andrews

Julia F. Andrews is Distinguished University Professor at Ohio State University, mainly with a focus on Chinese modern art.

Important exhibitions include:

  • “Ink Art of Fang Zhaoling (1914 – 2006)”, Asia Society Hong Kong Center (2017)
  • “Light Before Dawn”, Asia Society Hong Kong Center (2013)
  • “A Century in Crisis: Modernity and Tradition in the Art of Twentieth Century China”, New York and Bilbao (1998)
  • “The Chinese Avant-Garde in Exile”, OSU's Wexner Center for the Arts (1993)
Artist: Wang Dongling

Wang Dongling, born in 1945 in Jiangsu Province, now lives and works in Hangzhou City of Zhejiang Province. His works are widely collected by many institutes around the globe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), the British Museum (London), Palace Museum (Beijing), National Art Museum of China (Beijing), Zhejiang Art Museum (Hangzhou), Yale University Art Gallery, Harvard University and University of California, Berkeley.

Important exhibitions include:

  • Zhejiang Art Museum (2011)
  • Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma (2007)
  • Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2007)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2006)
  • Nagoya World Expo, Japan (2003)
  • British Museum, London (2002)
  • Konsthall Gallery, Sweden (1998)
  • "China: 5,000 Years, Innovation and Transformation in the Arts" at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1998)
  • National Art Museum of China, Beijing (1997)
  • National Art Museum of China, Beijing (1994)
  • Yale University Art Gallery (1993)
  • British Museum, London (1990)
About Artist: Xu Lei

Xu Lei, born in 1963 in Nantong City of Jiangsu Province, graduated from the department of fine art in Nanjing University of the Arts in 1984, majoring in traditional Chinese painting, now is employed as postgraduate tutor in the school of literary and artistic creation of Chinese National Academy of Arts. In 2008, XU was invited to design the wine label of the year for the world renowned top vineyards, one of the top five chateaux in France, Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

Important exhibitions include:

  • The 12th Venice Biennale of Architecture, Italy
  • “Reshaping History: Chinart from 2000 to 2010”, Beijing
  • “Signs in the Course of Time: Chinese Ink Painting of the Present)” at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • “Dreaming of the Dragon’s Nation: Contemporary Art Exhibition from China” at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland
  • “China/Avant-Garde” at National Art Museum of China, Beijing
  • “China: 5,000 Years, Innovation and Transformation in the Arts” at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

About Art Gallery


Nestled on the 6th floor of the Grand Suites at Four Seasons, the permanent art space Sands Gallery provides an opportunity for guests to explore an ever-changing variety of art exhibitions. Officially launched in February 2022, Sands Gallery was born out of Sands China’s desire to help cultivate an environment that nurtures creativity and art appreciation in Macao. As a long-time supporter of art and cultural development in Macao, the company hopes the gallery will assist Macao in its positioning as a multi-cultural exchange and cooperation base with an emphasis on Chinese culture.

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