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As Beijing's sizzling summer heat throws its first punch, taking in an art exhibition in an air conditioned museum seems a brilliant idea.
Two of the most deserving shows are a celebrity calligraphy exhibition at Beijing's Agricultural Museum, and the other one featuring works from ink painting master Huang Zhou at Ji Xiaolan Museum. Let's check out some of the highlights.
Both exhibitions include the most sought after pieces by collectors in their respective categories, including works by contemporary artists Fan Zeng, Liu Dawei, Feng Yuan, and well known scholar Luo Zhewen.
There are also works by celebrities like famed crosstalker Jiang Kun and actor Tang Guoqiang. Hailed as the best impersonator of Chairman Mao, Tang's calligraphy has won much acclaim from critics.
Meanwhile paintings by late master Huang Zhou and his disciples are being exhibited at the courtyard-style Ji Xiaolan Museum.
Huang Zhou, died in 1997, is one of the representatives of contemporary ink painting. On display are his pieces portraying northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where Ji Xiaolan, the Qing dynasty scholar also worked in as an official.
Huang Zhou's disciple Yang Xiukun was on hand at the museum to recall his teacher's motto, to live and experience, then create works with life.