As the warm embrace of summer envelops us, FQM is delighted to present its latest group exhibition, “A Hint of Coolness.”

This exhibition draws inspiration from a recurring theme in traditional Chinese poetry that celebrates the pleasure of experiencing coolness during the scorching summer months. Esteemed Chinese Tang Dynasty poets such as Meng Haoran (689-740) and Du Fu (712-770) have written of the refreshing coolness of the night and the soul-soothing breeze that accompanies it. Meanwhile, Qin Guan (1049-1110) and Zhu Xi (1130-1200) describe the joyous sensation of a rain-washed pavement and the crisp coolness of an early morning. These poetic musings remind us that, in the midst of a sweltering summer, even the faintest hint of unexpected coolness can bring immense joy and relaxation.

The exhibition is thoughtfully curated, showcasing a carefully selected array of works by celebrated artists such as Arnold Chang, Michael Cherney, Chen Duxi, Fung Ming Chip, Shen Chen, Tai Xiangzhou, Tang Ke, C.C.Wang, Wang Mansheng, Yau Wing Fung, and Zhang Xiaoli. These works capture the serene beauty of mountain sunsets, the tranquil stillness of nightfall, the harmonious blend of water and sky, the foreboding allure of an impending storm, the nostalgic loneliness of ancient times, and the refreshing sweetness of fruit. Through these varied perspectives, we hope to offer viewers a refreshing, sensory experience that is both unexpected and unique.

The exhibition will be divided into two parts, with the first running from May 26th to July 9th, and the second from July 11th to September 2nd. The gallery cordially invites everyone to join in the gallery’s garden to discuss and appreciate the paintings, step away from the oppressive heat of the day and immerse yourself in the refreshing, restorative beauty of “A Hint of Coolness,” allowing it to refresh your spirit during the summer season.

At dusk, as the sunlight changed, when the sun set behind the mountains, and there was still a touch of light in the sky reflected on the rocks, when everything is hazy, silent, and still. The mountains have a very special enchantment.

(Wang Mansheng)