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

    There is only one week left for the 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 […]

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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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    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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