New Glass Tank programme begins with Chinese architectural artist Pan Gongkai

Monday, 03 October 2016

Professor Pan Gongkai

An exhibition by reputed Chinese artist Pan Gongkai will open in the Glass Tank at Oxford Brookes University on Friday (7 October).

Pan Gongkai possesses an in-depth enthusiasm for architecture design and he founded the School of Architecture at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, during his tenure as President at the School. 

Professor Gongkai said: “In the exhibition One Step One View I present my architecture designs which try to combine all I have learned from Modernism, Post-Modernism and ancient Chinese traditions, while not repeating the language of the Modernist masters, not the discordance of Postmodern collage, and not sacrificing function for nostalgia aesthetic. I generate design of the ‘here and now’ from the great Modern, Postmodern and Chinese ancient traditions, developing designs based on both engineering reason and painterly abstraction.”

In the exhibition One Step One View I present my architecture designs which try to combine all I have learned from Modernism, Post-Modernism and ancient Chinese traditions...

Professor Pan Gongkai

On the evening of Thursday 6 October, and in celebration of Global Confucius Institute Day, Professor Gongkai will give a talk entitled Painterly Architecture in Architectural Design. He will discuss the influence of painterly abstraction on modern architecture and on the buildings of modern pioneer, Le Corbusier.

Global Confucius Institute Day is a chance for all 500 Confucius Institutes operating around the world (29 Institutes in the UK) to celebrate Chinese culture. 

The Confucius Institute at Oxford Brookes University began teaching earlier this year and has a unique focus on publishing. Confucius Institutes are non-profit collaborations which aim to promote Chinese language and culture, support local Chinese teaching internationally, and facilitate cultural exchanges.

To coincide with the exhibition, the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is holding a special day-long poetry writing workshop with celebrated poet and acclaimed teacher Tamar Yoseloff on Saturday 22 October. Taking the exhibition as a starting point, the group will look at examples of Chinese painting, concrete poetry and text-based sculpture as a way of generating new poems. 

The exhibition will run until Wednesday 9 November in the Glass Tank gallery in the Abercrombie building on the University’s Headington Campus. Booking is required for the talk. Please see the Events webpages for more details on how to book your place

Information on the cost of the poetry workshop and how to book can be found here.