Talk: My Father, Xu Beihong

Talk: My Father, Xu Beihong
Event Date & Time

Date: 3 May 2018, Thursday | 7pm – 8.30pm


SCCC Far East Organization Auditorium, Level 9

Event Language

English with bilingual Q&A

Event Category



Speaker: Madam Xu Fangfang
Moderator: Mr Low Sze Wee

Registration is now closed as we have reached our full capacity for the event.

Talk Synopsis

Xu Beihong (1895-1953) is widely known as the father of modern Chinese painting. The human feelings and Chinese esthetics in his art have moved the hearts of viewers throughout the world. Xu Beihong pioneered China’s art education. He was the first Chinese artist to systematically incorporate high-standard Western sketching from life and oil painting into the curricula at China’s major art institutions. From 1927 until his death in 1953, he trained several generations of students. Speaker Xu Fangfang, Xu Beihong’s daughter, will introduce her memoir Galloping Horses: Artist Xu Beihong and His Family in Mao’s China.

About Xu Fangfang

Born and raised in China, Xu Fangfang moved to the U.S. in 1981 and earned a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. In 2000, she became the founding director of the music department at Renmin University of China. She helped initiate and facilitate the first comprehensive solo U.S. exhibition of Xu Beihong’s work, presented by the Denver Art Museum, Oct. 2011-Jan. 2012. She has published several articles on Xu Beihong and his art.

**A related panel discussion “Xu Beihong and Realism” will take place on 5th May 2018, at the National Gallery Singapore. Register at

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