Creating a World of Compassion
More than 200 exemplary works of Feng Zikai covering a wide range of subjects and created at different stages of his life are on loan from Feng’s family and local collectors in this section of the exhibition. Displayed under different themes such as “A Childlike Heart”, “Family Life” and “Painting Old Poems” etc, the exhibits will provide an interesting study of Feng’s forms of representation, warmth as a humanist and concern for humankind and beyond.
“Each and every falling petal (in Feng’s painting) embraces compassion of the human world.” Yu Pingbo
Feng Zikai introduced the genre he called manhua (cartoons) into China, and “Zikai’s Cartoons” has since become synonymous with his iconic style. According to him, “cartoon may be described as a kind of spontaneous drawing, or a quick study on one subject. It is painting inspired by any ad hoc subject matter, and is succinct in form and content.” In other words, both form and content of cartoons must carry spontaneity and an immediacy that has plebeian appeal. Only when the humanistic touch is felt in a cartoon can it touch its audience, regardless of their cultural and education background.