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    Another Look at National Treasures: Select Masterpieces of Painting and Calligraphy

    Last year, the National Palace Museum in Taipei organized a special exhibition of “National Treasures: Select Masterpieces of Painting and Calligraphy.” Due to popular demand, the Museum is once again holding this exhibition at its northern branch with a completely new rotation of works under the title of “Another Look at National Treasures: Select Masterpieces […]

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    The Four Wangs’ Paintings of the Early Qing Period

    At the end of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) and beginning of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), four painters with the surname Wang became highly influential throughout the community of traditional Chinese artists. Associated with one another via educational or familial connections, these artists are known to historians as the Four Wangs. They followed Dong Qichang’s (1555–1636) […]

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    Ancient Chinese Calligraphies and Paintings at Liaoning Provincial Museum

    If I could choose only one exhibition to see this year, it would be this one. The Liaoning Provincial Museum just opened two new galleries dedicated to ancient Chinese calligraphy and painting. Among the first rotation are such epic artworks as Confucius Passing Away by Ouyang Xun, Court Ladies Wearing Flowered Headdresses by Zhou Fang, […]

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    Prosperity in Tranquility—The Art of Qi Baishi

    The Palace Museum and Beijing Fine Art Academy jointly present the exhibition “Prosperity in Tranquility: The Art of Qi Baishi” at the Forbidden City in the galleries of the main tower and western wing tower at the Meridian Gate (Wu Men). The exhibition features over 200 paintings, seals, and literary works by the artist Qi […]

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    Blossoming Iron Brush, Flowering Literary Brilliance—The Art of Wu Changshuo

    There is currently a special exhibition of Wu Changshuo’s art at the Palace Museum in Beijing. Wu began his career innovating the arts of epigraphy (Chinese jinshi, 金石, lit. “gold and stone”) and seal engraving. With his lifetime exploration of the ancient Stone Drum Inscriptions (Shigu wen, 石鼓文), his greatest accomplishments were in seal script calligraphy […]

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    Twin Purities—Bamboo and Plum Blossom Paintings at Suzhou Museum

    Suzhou is famous for its picturesque scenery and beautiful gardens. Around the handrails and zigzagging corridors, close to the canals and in the forest, bamboos and plum blossoms can be seen everywhere. According to the New Tales of the World (世說新語), Wang Ziyou, a famous scholar and calligrapher of the Eastern Jin dynasty, once came […]

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    Mirroring China’s Past: Emperors and Their Bronzes

    Chinese bronzes of the second and first millennia BC are some of the most distinctive achievements in the history of art. Exquisitely ornamented, these vessels were made to carry sacrificial offerings, to use in burial, or to commemorate family in public ceremonies. When they were found by emperors centuries later, these spiritually significant objects were […]

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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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