庞茂琨从艺40年的生涯，与20世纪下半叶以来中国艺术从封闭走向开放、从单一走向多元的历史变迁紧密相关。近十年来庞茂琨举办了多次重要个展，如 “今日之神话Mythology of Today”（2010，上海）、“不动声色的凝视Gaze in Silence”（2011，广东）、“浮世·游观Viewing the Floating World”（2013，北京）、“迷宫：庞茂琨艺术中的视觉秩序与图像生产Maze:Visual Order and Graphic Production in Pang Maokun's Art”（2015，北京）、“手绘之谜The Mystery of Freehand Sketching”（2016，武汉）、“折叠的伊甸园Fold-away Eden”(2017，长沙)、“历史的现实性Realistic History”（2018，意大利佛罗伦萨）等。这些展览体现了庞茂琨对国家和民族发自内心的热爱，对人民的生活和命运充满关注与同情。一切当代性总是根植于历史和古典之中的，庞茂琨将油画这一西方传统艺术方式与中国的具体现实图景进行文化比较，其中既有中国如何与世界相处相融，又有如何超越西方话语，突显中华文化特色的问题。庞茂琨的作品既体现了他对于普通百姓日常生活的观看与研究，也体现了他认为“具像油画”在反映时代、促进中国当代文化发展中的不可替代的价值。他的具像油画直指历史与现实，生动地反映了这个时代复杂多变的社会景观和人民形象。
Pang Maokun is praised for his sophisticated classical oil painting technique among Chinese modern oil painters. However, He is not a common realistic painter and his study on the western classical oil painting focuses on pursuing his own unique thinking, language and technique based on his understanding of the history of the western oil painting rather than imitates the classical art images. He keeps exploring the expression and presentation of classical oil painting language in the modern cultural context and integrates his own artistic creation into the reality. He gazes and describes the reality as a detached onlooker, which adds a sense of strangeness and distance to the originally quiet and harmonious classical painting style to create a kind of modern painting of symbolism and surrealism based on the realistic language. Therefore, Pang Maokun’s artistic ideal and temperament not only represent the formation of his own style but also point at this historic subject “the value and significance of Chinese oil painting in the modern art.”
Pang Maokun’s forty-year painting career is closely related to the historical changes of Chinese art from exclusiveness to openness and single to variety in the late twentieth century. In recent ten years, he has held many important solo exhibitions such as Mythology of Today(2010, Shanghai), Gaze in Silence(2011, Guangdong), Viewing the Floating World(2013, Beijing), Maze: Visual Order and Graphic Production in Pang Maokun’s Art(2015, Beijng), The Mystery of Freehand Sketching(2016,Wuhan), Fold-away Eden(2017, Changsha), Realistic History(2018, Florence, Italy). These exhibitions demonstrate Pang Maokun’s passion for his country and people as well as his compassion and attention to the life and destiny of common people. The contemporaneity comes from the history and classics, Pang Maokun makes cultural comparisons between oil painting this western traditional artisitic form and Chinese reality, which refers to how China gets on well with the world and highlights Chinese cultural characteristics by transcending western discourse. His artistic works demonstrate his observation and study of the common people’s daily life as well as his emphasis on the irreplaceable values of “concrete oil painting” in reflecting the times and advancing the Chinese modern culture development. His concrete oil painting points out the history and reality, which vividly reflects the complex social landscapes and people’s images in this time.
This exhibition is the summary and review of Pang Maokun’s ten-year artistic creation, which exhibits his main creation works and offers us an opportunity to encounter with his works. This exhibition shows Pang Maokun’s vigorous creativity, active innovation consciousness and sophisticated painting technique in order to highlight the “aesthetic ideal” “Chinese spirit” and “the theme of human” of his art and reveal the significance of “humanistic ideal” of western culture since the Renaissance and “humanistic care” of Chinese modern intellectual artists in the artistic creation. The abundant works and distinctive styles of this exhibition demonstrate the updating life experience and thought of Pang Maokun, and that is “the unfold of the existence” called by Martin Heidegger. It is “Dasein” that unfolds the sheltered existence, “which gathers all kinds of lives and their association ways into one entity. These potential associations like life and death, weal and woe, honor and disgrace are emerged in front of human in forms of destiny whose coverage is the whole world.” We encounter with “Dasein” in Pang Maokun’s artistic works, which is reflected in the creation themes of different periods in Pang Maokun’s ten-year creation such as Coincidence, Encounter, Viewing the Floating World, Passerby, Mirror, Time-travel, it is the encounters of the ancient and modern as well as the reality and dream and entails the meanings of life and living.