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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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    Highlights of Calligraphy and Paintings from the 2016 Autumn Auctions

    As we approach the end of 2016, let’s take a look at some calligraphy and paintings from this year’s autumn auctions. This year’s autumn auctions presented a good combination of ancient and modern artworks. There were some brilliant paintings by masters of the Yuan, Ming, and Qing periods, such as Wu Zhen, Wen Zhengming, Tang […]

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    Emperors’ Treasures Travel to Houston Museum of Fine Arts

    Following a successful exhibition at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Emperors’ Treasures have traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The masterpieces from the National Palace Museum in Taipei highlight the artistic and cultural contributions of imperial rulers in China, from the Song dynasty to the Qing dynasty. More than 160 works […]

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    Diligence and Intelligence: Song and Yuan Calligraphy and Paintings from Private Collections

    After three years of preparation, the Long Museum in Shanghai is hosting an exhibition of Song and Yuan calligraphy and paintings from private collections. Titled “Diligence and Intelligence”, the exhibition features more than 80 pieces of artworks from the 11th to 14th century, including paintings by the Song emperor Huizong and court artist Ma Yuan. […]

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    Wu Zhen: Manual of Ink Bamboo

    The National Palace Museum in Taipei presents Wu Zhen’s Manual of Ink Bamboo (吳鎮墨竹譜). Wu Zhen, a native of Jiaxing (south of Shanghai and Suzhou), was good at poetry and prose while excelling at painting and calligraphy, becoming known as one of the Four Yuan Masters, which also include Huang Gongwang, Ni Zan, and Wang […]

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    Xu Bing: Book from the Sky

    The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin presents Xu Bing: Book from the Sky, a monumental installation by celebrated Chinese artist Xu Bing (徐冰, b.1955). Regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century Chinese art, Book from the Sky ushered in the avant-garde movement in post-Mao era China. It also […]

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    Emperors’ Treasures at Asian Art Museum

    The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is hosting a special exhibition of “Emperors’ Treasures”, which include more than 150 Chinese artworks from the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Rarely seen outside the court at the time of their creation, these artworks inherited an aura of mystery that has fueled an enduring fascination. Characterized by […]

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