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    Where the Truth Lies: The Art of Qiu Ying

    A new exhibition featuring the Ming dynasty painter Qiu Ying (ca. 1494–ca. 1552) just opened today at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Few artists in Chinese history have proven as enigmatic as Qiu Ying, whose life and art reveal a series of paradoxes. Though one of the most famous artists of the […]

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    Everlasting like the Heavens

    The year 2019 marks the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. To celebrate this special occasion, the Tsinghua University Art Museum is hosting the special exhibition “Everlasting like the Heavens—The Cultures and Arts of the Zhou, Qin, Han, and Tang.” The exhibition theme was drawn from a classical Han-dynasty auspicious […]

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    Blue-and-white Porcelain Plate from the Tang Dynasty

    Recently a blue-and-white porcelain plate came into our attention. We believe that this plate is from the 9th century, or the late Tang dynasty imperial court, which makes it one of the earliest surviving pieces of blue-and-white porcelain ever produced. Measuring approximately 49 cm in diameter and 7.6 cm in height, it is also the […]

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    Three Kingdoms Unveiling the Story

    This special exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum includes recent discoveries regarding China’s tumultuous transition from the Han dynasty (206–220) to the Three Kingdoms period (220–280). The Han dynasty’s decline at the end of the second century ignited a prolonged power struggle between unrelenting military leaders. The country was split into three kingdoms called Wei, […]

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    The Palace Zoo—Animal Paintings from the National Palace Museum Collection

    In what is certainly a first, the National Palace Museum (NPM) in Taipei presents in its main galleries a special exhibition for children entitled “The NPM Zoo: Animal Paintings in the Museum Collection.” From July 5 to September 25, children can come to the NPM and see paintings on all kinds of animals, ranging from […]

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    The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto

    Today is the sixtieth anniversary of the premiere of the Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto. The concerto is an orchestral adaptation of an ancient Chinese legend, The Butterfly Lovers, or Liang Zhu (梁祝) in Chinese, named after the protagonists Liang Shaobo and Zhu Yingtai. Written for the western style orchestra, it features a solo violin played […]

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    Silhouette of a Great Master—A Retrospective of Zhang Daqian’s Art

    Zhang Daqian (1899–1983) was a native of Neijiang in Sichuan and had the personal name Yuan. He also went by the style name Jiyuan and was known as Daqian (Dai-chien) Jushi, the name of his studio being Dafeng Hall (Hall of Big Wind). As a child he began to learn painting from his mother Zeng […]

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    Palace Museum in Beijing Illuminated for Lantern Festival

    The Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar calendar. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. This year, the Lantern Festival falls […]

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