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Fuyang Cultural Complex

A contemporary painting

Wang Shu | Amateur Architecture

Asia | Fuyang

Fuyang, a little town near Hangzhou in the geographic area of Jiangnan, was the favorite place of the famous Yuan dynasty artist, Huang Gongwang, who depicted its landscape in his masterpiece, the hand-scroll painting Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains. It is here too that architect Wang Shu designed and built the Fuyang Cultural Complex comprising an art gallery, museum, and archive. Occupying around 40,000 square meters, it is Wang Shu’s largest project and greatest challenge. A function of its unique location, the complex evidences the architect’s ability to blend traditional Chinese culture and western architectural style. Wang Shu likes to see himself as one of China’s contemporary literati, living in the city yet harboring a hermetic romanticism for country landscapes. Art critics often underline the contrast between the landscape art of northern and southern...

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