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 replica 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.
In our collection
Homepage video: Ancient Style and Charm (detail), 1997, by Wang Naizhuang, Glimpse (detail), 1995, by Xiao Lang, Downstream to Jiangling (detail) 2002, by Xie Yun. National Museum of China.
This exhibition is part of a cultural exchange with the National Museum of China.