Gu Gan 古干
Born in 1942 in Hunan Province, Gu Gan is now internationally recognised as the pioneer of the Modernist movement in calligraphic painting in China and is its most charismatic exponent. He has long been the chairman of the Modern Calligraphy and Painting Society in China. More than any of his contemporaries, he has explored the potential of abstract art and its capacity to express realities of contemporary life. In 1998 he was invited by Baroness Philippine de Rothschild to design the wine label for the Mouton Rothschild 1996 vintage. Gu Gan is the first Chinese artist to ever have been thus honoured.
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