Chinese opera

There are many stories upon the walls of the Museu do Oriente, in Lisbon.

These violent opera gouaches, by Wang Yishi’s, date from 1989 and comes from the Kwok On collection. Chinese opera is laden with simbolism, archetypal characters and it’s in the crossroads of several forms of art. Yishi displays the opera beyond the stage, the music, the costumes and the singing. His paintings are, according to himself: “the hope of being able to, with a new outlook, return to the simplicity of the human nature, of recalling the natural authenticity, of searching the vital strength.

Há muitas histórias contadas nas paredes do Museu do Oriente, em Lisboa.

Estes violentos gouaches de una ópera, de Wang Yishi, é de 1989 e provêm da colecção Kwok On. A ópera Chinesa é carregada de símbolos, personagens arquetípicos e está no cruzamento de várias artes. Yishi mostra-nos a ópera para além do palco, da música, dos figurinos e do canto. A pintura dele, segundo o próprio: “é a especança de poder, com um novo olhar, regressar à simplicidade da natureza humana, de relembrar a autenticidade natural, de procurar a força vital.


Author: Pedro Loureiro

I was born on the southwestern-most tip of Europe, in Lagos, Portugal. A childhood of legos and sandcastles led me to architecture school, but an adolescence of doodling drove me to sketching and later to illustration. I like to sketch, to travel and to chop vegetables into tiny manageable bits. I also like maps. The older the better!

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