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Calligraphy and Painting from the National Museum of China

5 April to 28 July 2019 | Temporary gallery | Free

This Australian-first exhibition explores the breadth and tradition of Chinese calligraphy and painting through artworks from the National Museum of China’s collection.

All images courtesy National Museum of China

Calligraphy and painting are two treasures of traditional Chinese culture. For thousands of years artists have produced works that have sustained the practice of China’s most revered art and provided cultural nourishment for the Chinese people.

See exquisite paintings by three Chinese modern artists — Xie Yun, Xiao Lang and Wang Naizhuang — and a rare copy of an extraordinary 20-metre-long 18th-century scroll documenting Emperor Qianlong’s 1751 tour to the southern provinces. A mesmerising and immersive animation brings the story of the scroll and its historical figures to life in intricate three-dimensional detail.

The National Museum of Australia’s Harvest of Endurance pictorial scroll, painted in the traditional gongbi style and representing two centuries of Chinese contact with, and migration to, Australia forms a companion element of the exhibition, with eight of its 50 metres on display.

Event Historical Expression of Chinese Art lecture Time: 12.30pm–1.30pm Date: Friday 29 March 2019 Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

Join visiting curator Yan Zheng as she shares valuable insights into the Emperor Qianlong’s Southern Inspection Tour scroll. This prominent work from the exhibition The Historical Expression of Chinese Art: Calligraphy and Painting from the National Museum of China reveals much about life in Qing Dynasty China.

Event Friends exclusive exhibition preview Time: 5.30pm–7.30pm Date: Wednesday 3 April 2019 Ticket information: $50 Friends, $70 non-members Ticket information: Book tickets

Join us for an exclusive preview of the exhibition, The Historical Expression of Chinese Art: Calligraphy and Painting from the National Museum of China, before it opens to the public. Bookings essential. Join Friends

In our collection

Harvest of Endurance: A History of the Chinese in Australia 1788-1988Handscroll painted with ink and colour. Scenes in traditional Chinese 'gong-bi' [meticulous brushwork style] depict Chinese Australians engaged in agriculture, mining, construction, commerce and in social, political and religious activities. An initial inscription in Chinese calligraphy in black ink at the beginning of the scrol...
On display


This exhibition is part of a cultural exchange with the National Museum of China.

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