Monday, July 5, 2010

Travels: WuChangShuo Memorial Hall, Shanghai

During my visit to Lujiazui in Shanghai’s Pudong Financial District, I was walking from the subway station towards the SWFC (Shanghai World Financial Centre) Building designed by KPF when I came across a heritage building, WuChuangShuo's Memorial Hal which was completed and opened to public in 1995. This building, built in the 1900s has a large collection of Wu ChangShuo's works in painting, calligraphy and seal-engraving.
Mr WuChangShuo was the leading figure of Shanghai-style painting in late Qing Dynasty, well established in motif and brush ink hues uniqueness. Once the director of Xiling Seal-engraving Society, Mr.Wu was known for carrying out archaic style in his rich and vigorous seal-engraving.
It was a very nice surprise to discover this old restored building in the midst of a skyscraper defined district. The load bearing brick structure was very well restored and the wood carved motifs were beautifully ornate, a testimony to the workmanship and craftsmanship of the Chinese people of that age.

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