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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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    Four Monks of the Early Qing Dynasty at the Palace Museum, Beijing

    The Palace Museum in Beijing is hosting a special exhibition of the calligraphy and paintings of the Four Monks, which refer to Zhu Da, Shitao, Hongren, and Kuncan of the early Qing dynasty. They became monks because they could not bare the fall of the Ming dynasty and the reign of the Manchus. The Four Monks expressed […]

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    Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties

    A new exhibition of ancient Chinese art opened earlier this week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Featuring more than 160 objects from the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 BC–AD 220), this major international loan exhibition explores the unprecedented role of art in creating a new and lasting Chinese cultural identity. Synthesizing […]

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    Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty

    A new exhibition just opened at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty display 160 artifacts discovered in recent archaeological digs of Han dynasty tombs. One of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, China’s Han dynasty (206 BC–AD 220) achieved profound cultural and artistic influence, technological advancements […]

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    Great Fortune for the Year of the Rooster

    The Lunar New Year of 2017 is on January 28. This year corresponds to “dingyou (丁酉)” in the traditional Chinese calendar and the rooster in the Chinese zodiac, making it the “Year of the Rooster.” In the Chinese language, the character for “chicken” is “ji (雞),” a homonym for “fortune (吉).” The first Chinese character […]

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