May 30, 2013, 8:44 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- The V&A Museum in South Kensington have announced that Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900 will be their major exhibition this winter. The exhibition will show more than 70 works including some of the earliest surviving Chinese paintings, the majority of which are Buddhist banners and screens, and it will also feature many exceptionally rare works from international collections. Many of these masterpieces have never been seen in Europe before and they include what is considered to be one of the longest paintings in the world. The exhibition is open for advance bookings and tickets cost £12. For information on this and other exhibitions at the V&A see LondonTown.com, where you can also find great details for hotels near Paddington and Victoria, both of which are a short tube ride from South Kensington.
In China, painting has always been as highly valued as poetry and philosophy and some of the earliest paintings were made to be viewed for only a very short time – perhaps only a few hours. Such works are rarely displayed, making this exhibition a rare opportunity for people in London to see beautiful paintings on silk and paper that have never before been made available to Western audiences.
The exhibition will unfold chronologically, starting with early religious-themed works painted largely by anonymous artists. Later rooms will include famous works such as the meticulous Landscape With Pavilion by Yan Wengui and Chen Rong's fine scroll Nine Dragons. The exhibition will show the growing enthusiasm for the natural world and also the way artistic monks would combine painting, calligraphy and poetry in works laden with literary and philosophical references such as Wang Mians' Fragrant Snow At Broken Bridge or the gorgeous Two Chan Patriarchs In Contemplation by Shi Ke. Later works will include the incredible Flowers On The River by BadaShanren, which is painted on a canvas that is 14 metres long and is one of the longest paintings in the world, and Portrait of GaoYongzhi As A Calligraphy Beggar by Ren Yi, which demonstrates the influence of European art on the Chinese tradition.
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