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    Auspicious Dogs Bring Great Fortune

    This year’s Chinese New Year is on February 16. Also known as the Spring Festival, it is the first day of the year based on the lunar calendar, which consists of a repeating 12-year cycle, with each year corresponding to one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, […]

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    Flowers’ Fragrance

    Happy New Year! Let’s start 2018 with The Expressive Significance of Brush and Ink. This is a series exhibition at the National Palace Museum in Taipei. The artworks are rotated at the beginning of each quarter. Among those that just went on exhibition today is a famous poem from the Northern Song calligrapher Huang Tingjian, […]

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    National Palace Museum in Taipei

    I visited the National Palace Museum last week and took some pictures of amazing artworks. Please enjoy. The National Palace Museum is open all year round from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm, or 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

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    National Treasures—Select Masterpieces of Painting and Calligraphy

    The hundreds of thousands of artworks at the National Palace Museum in Taipei are classified into three groups based on their cultural significance and artistic achievement. The three groups are “National Treasures”, “Significant Antiquities”, and “General Antiquities”. As of July 2017, a total of 184 “National Treasure” works/sets and 352 “Significant Antiquities” works/sets in the category […]

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    Paintings and Calligraphic Works of Zhao Mengfu

    A scholar;A man of two dynasties, Song and Yuan;Famed throughout the world, honored across the dynasties;In calligraphy surpassing the Tang and Song masters,Inheriting the legacy of Wang Xizhi and Wang Xianzhi,Full of poise and grace;In painting ushering in the new age of the literati painter;A teacher among whose disciples is the prominentHuang Gongwang, creator of Dwelling […]

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    One Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains—Blue-green Landscape Paintings throughout Chinese History

    A splendid exhibition of blue-green landscape paintings just opened today at the Palace Museum in Beijing. The centerpiece of this exhibition is one of the most famous paintings in Chinese history—One Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains, which is the only surviving masterpiece by the young genius painter Wang Ximeng (王希孟) of the late Northern […]

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    Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor

    In 1974, a farmer in China was digging a well when he struck upon fragments of terracotta. Unbeknownst to him, the farmer had uncovered one of the most monumental achievements in human history. Buried beneath the surface of the land were thousands of life-sized statues, constructed over 2,000 years ago—silently and steadfastly guarding the tomb […]

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    Mysterious Colors—Yue Ware Celedons of the 10th Century

    The Palace Museum in Beijing is hosting a special exhibition of “Mysterious-color Porcelain (秘色瓷)”, a term coined in the late Tang dynasty to refer to Yue ware celedons of the highest quality at the time. Mysterious-color porcelain was only produced for a relatively short period of time, mainly in the late Tang dynasty (618–907) and […]

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