Kui Yuan is to hold a photo exhibition presenting the works of Lv Houmin (吕厚民), a photographer noted for his photographs of Mao Zedong (1893-1976), founder and first leader of the Peoples Republic of China.
To commemorate the 120th anniversary of the birth of Chairman Mao, the exhibition features precious pictures of Mao in many different occasions – including shaking hands with foreign officials in diplomatic meetings and talking gently to the public. Viewers also have the opportunity to see some photos on Chairman Mao's personal life, which are rarely displayed to the public.
In 1950, Lv Houmin, aged 21, took a job in Zhongnanhai compound - photographing the first generation of leaders in China. After a few years, he became a photojournalist for the Xinhua News Agency and specialized in photographing Chairman Mao Zedong. Mr. Lv has taken a large amount of photos of Chairman Mao and been regarded as one of the best photographers of Chairman Mao along with Xu Xiaobing (徐肖冰) and Hou Bo (侯波).
Mr. Lv's photography has won many national and international awards and been exhibited in many countries around the world. He has also published several photo albums.
Kui Yuan is an old mansion opposite the historical site where the third Congress of Chinese Communist Party was held back in 1923. It is protected by the local government and was reopened to the public as an art gallery in early 2012. Curator of the exhibition thinks it very suitable to exhibit the photos at Kui Yuan because of its connection with Chairman Mao and China's modern history.
When: 10:00- 22:00, August 12 – September 16
Where: Kui Garden Gallery (逵园艺术馆)
Add.: No.9 Xuguyuan Lu, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou (广州市越秀区恤孤院路9号)
Metro: Exit A, Dongshankou Station, Line 1 (中共三大会址正对面，地铁一号线东山口站A出口)
Free of charge
(By Pan Hui, Richard Glauert)