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    Betwixt Reality and Illusion: Special Exhibition of Jades from the Warring States Period to the Han Dynasty in the Collection of the National Palace Museum_3

    • Dates: 2018/09/20~
    • Gallery: Exhibition Area I 303,300
    CC BY 4.0

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    In the history of jade craftsmanship, the era encompassing the Warring States period to the Han Dynasty (475 BCE-220 CE) stands out as a singular age of illusory art. Working within miniature confines, craftsmen strove to cut and polish various designs of dragons and beasts that, despite their physical immobility, could nonetheless induce dynamic illusions of motion. Via these shifting shapes, the visual senses of the viewer are ushered into a world between reality and illusion, to astonishing effect. This Exhibition is therefore entitled, “Betwixt Reality and Illusion”, and through the visual changes presented, the techniques used to create jade artifacts and the visual causes behind the illusory effects experienced will be explored in depth. 

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    Betwixt Reality and Illusion: Special Exhibition of Jades from the Warring States Period to the Han Dynasty in the Collection of the National Palace Museum_2

    • Dates: 2018/09/20~
    • Gallery: Exhibition Area I 303,300
    CC BY 4.0

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    In the history of jade craftsmanship, the era encompassing the Warring States period to the Han Dynasty (475 BCE-220 CE) stands out as a singular age of illusory art. Working within miniature confines, craftsmen strove to cut and polish various designs of dragons and beasts that, despite their physical immobility, could nonetheless induce dynamic illusions of motion. Via these shifting shapes, the visual senses of the viewer are ushered into a world between reality and illusion, to astonishing effect. This Exhibition is therefore entitled, “Betwixt Reality and Illusion”, and through the visual changes presented, the techniques used to create jade artifacts and the visual causes behind the illusory effects experienced will be explored in depth. 

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    Betwixt Reality and Illusion: Special Exhibition of Jades from the Warring States Period to the Han Dynasty in the Collection of the National Palace Museum_1

    • Dates: 2018/09/20~
    • Gallery: Exhibition Area I 303,300
    CC BY 4.0

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    In the history of jade craftsmanship, the era encompassing the Warring States period to the Han Dynasty (475 BCE-220 CE) stands out as a singular age of illusory art. Working within miniature confines, craftsmen strove to cut and polish various designs of dragons and beasts that, despite their physical immobility, could nonetheless induce dynamic illusions of motion. Via these shifting shapes, the visual senses of the viewer are ushered into a world between reality and illusion, to astonishing effect. This Exhibition is therefore entitled, “Betwixt Reality and Illusion”, and through the visual changes presented, the techniques used to create jade artifacts and the visual causes behind the illusory effects experienced will be explored in depth. 

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    Testaments to Healing: Painting and Calligraphy on Healthy Living and Medical Treatment

    • Dates: 2018/07/01~2018/09/25
    • Gallery: Exhibition Area I 204,206
    CC BY 4.0

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    Many expressions to convey blessings in traditional Chinese culture deal with notions ofprosperity, longevity, and health and tranquility. How to live not only long but also healthily haslong been an ideal shared among peoples all over the world for ages, and a glimpse of this hope is often seen in works of painting and calligraphy, which are a reflection of daily life. 

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    Whereto Paradise: Picturing Mountains of Immortality in Chinese Art

    • Dates: 2018/07/01~2018/09/25
    • Gallery: Exhibition Area I 202,208,212
    CC BY 4.0

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    Mount Penglai, the so-called island of immortals, and the sacred Mount Kunlun are two paradises of immortality familiar to many in Chinese mythology. According to Records of the Grand Historian from the first century BCE, rulers previously in the Warring States period had sent people in search of the three spirit mountains of "Penglai, Fangzhang, and Yingzhou," while Mount Kunlun had also been described in the ancient Classic of Mountains and Seas as a spirit realm. These were said to be places where immortal sages resided and lands of fabulous wealth with mythical beasts and exotic plants. Later, in the Six Dynasties period to Tang dynasty, the rise and increasing popularity of Daoism spurred followers of this faith to see mountains in existing maps as those of immortals. In turn, this led to the legend of "grotto heavens and blessed lands," making the world of immortals all the more palpable and real for people. As for those in search of immortality, famous mountains and grotto abodes were not just sites for finding medicinal plants, refining elixirs, and learning the practices of becoming immortal, they became a medium for encountering immortals and ascend to the realm of eternal life. 

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    A New Era for the Museum Collection: Shanghai Painting Circles of the Late Qing and Early Republican Period_2

    • Dates: 2018/07/01~2018/09/25
    • Gallery: Exhibition Area I 105,107
    CC BY 4.0

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    Over the years, the National Palace Museum has made purchases and accepted donations and entrustments of art to continually build upon and expand the foundations of its collection based on holdings from the former Qing dynasty court. These new acquisitions and entrustments of painting and calligraphy often fill important gaps in the original dynastic collection, helping to further enrich and diversify the contents and themes of exhibitions at the Museum. As such, a series of special exhibitions entitled "A New Era for the Museum Collection" is being held to reach out to the people of Taiwan and further plant the seeds of culture so as to cultivate and together forge a new era for the future of the collection. 

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    A New Era for the Museum Collection: Shanghai Painting Circles of the Late Qing and Early Republican Period_1

    • Dates: 2018/07/01~2018/09/25
    • Gallery: Exhibition Area I 105,107
    CC BY 4.0

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    Over the years, the National Palace Museum has made purchases and accepted donations and entrustments of art to continually build upon and expand the foundations of its collection based on holdings from the former Qing dynasty court. These new acquisitions and entrustments of painting and calligraphy often fill important gaps in the original dynastic collection, helping to further enrich and diversify the contents and themes of exhibitions at the Museum. As such, a series of special exhibitions entitled "A New Era for the Museum Collection" is being held to reach out to the people of Taiwan and further plant the seeds of culture so as to cultivate and together forge a new era for the future of the collection. 

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    Painting Animation: Spring Dawn in the Han Palace

    • Dates: 2018/06/29~2018/09/29
    • Gallery: Exhibition Area I 102
    CC BY 4.0

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    Since 2011, the National Palace Museum initiated a series of high-resolution long scroll painting animations. Using the latest technology, several high-resolution 1080 HD projectors seamlessly unfold sceneries from classical long scroll paintings on the wall. The painting animation series reproduces nine popular paintings and calligraphy , including Along the River During Qingming (Qing court artists), Spring Dawn in the Han Palace (Qiu Ying), Imitating Zhao Bosu's Latter Ode on the Red Cliff (Wen Zhengming), Syzygy of the Sun, Moon, and Five Planets(Xu Yang), Departure Herald (Anonymous), Return Clearing (Anonymous), Activities of the Twelve Lunar Months (Qing court artists), One Hundred Horses (Giuseppe Castligione), The Cold Food Observance (Su Shi), Poem in Seven-character Verse (Huang Tingjian) . Inspired by historical material related to the artworks, the animations faithfully present the true spirit of the original paintings and their most attractive parts. A fascinating feature of the long scroll painting is its ability to simultaneously manifest chronological continuity and segmentation. As a result of the unique painting scale and traditional right to left reading direction, painting compositions unfurl accordingly and emphasize horizontal relationships. Oftentimes, scenes occurring at different points in time were depicted on a single scroll. 

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    Pure Offerings of a Myriad Plants: Paintings on Flower Vases and Potted Scenes_1

    • Dates: 2018/10/01~2018/12/25
    • Gallery: Exhibition Area I 202,208,212
    CC BY 4.0

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    In celebration of Taiwan hosting the 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition, the National Palace Museum is presenting a special exhibition on "Pure Offerings of a Myriad Plants: Paintings on Flower Vases and Potted Scenes," the arts of floral arrangement and potted scenery depicted via the beauty of painting to complement this major event. For ages, flowers, trees, and plants of various kinds have been a source of inspiration for artists, the portrayal of their complex blossoms, leaves, and branches in various colors and shades presenting the wonders of nature and changes in the seasons. Flowers and trees that naturally grow in the ground can also be cultivated and moved indoors for appreciation. The transformation of flora into aesthetic objects of attention in art not only is seen in "broken branch sketches from nature" but also as "flower vases" and "potted scenes." Flower vases, as the name suggests, involves seasonal flowers and branches cut and placed with proportion and position in vessels of various sorts. "Potted scenes" features flowers, herbaceous plants, miniature trees and others from nature that are trimmed and bound for transplanting into containers. Both emphasize the beauty of the human touch when it comes to arranging the plant world. Vase flowers began in the Six Dynasties period to Tang dynasty with floral offerings to the Buddha. Through the Song and Yuan dynasties, the range of floral types increased dramatically as methods of their cultivation matured. Along with advances in the art of ceramics, arranging flowers and branches in vases gradually became a fashion. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, the art of horticulture flourished even more as literati grew and arranged flowers to become refined aesthetics of plants and rocks. Many texts on this subject also appeared at this time, spurring greater refinement in potted scenes. 

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    Painting Animation: Imitating Zhao Bosu's "Latter Ode on the Red Cliff"

    • Dates: 2018/09/27~2018/12/26
    • Gallery: Exhibition Area I 102
    CC BY 4.0

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    Wen Zhengming (1470-1559), a native of Changzhou (modern Suzhou), learned painting from Shen Zhou, tracing his style back to the Yuan dynasty and becoming one of the Four Ming Masters. This work from 1548 is based on Su Shi's "Latter Ode on the Red Cliff," depicting Su Shi and his two friends returning to the Red Cliff with wine and fish. It is done in light blue-and-green, similar to the literati blue-and-green mode of the Yuan artist Zhao Mengfu, while the structure and piling of mountains and tree branches and leaves reveal Wen's own style. Wen Jia's colophon at the end says the original by Zhao Bosu belonged to a Suzhou scholar. An official wanted it for Grand Secretary Yan Song's son, but the owner was unwilling to part with it. As a result, Wen Zhengming encouraged his friend not to anger such a high official and did this imitation for him.
     

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Last Update: 2017-09-20