For centuries, the traditional Chinese garden has been an idyllic paradise and a source of creative inspiration for scholars and artists.

In traditional Chinese culture, the garden is a place to discover one self. The garden serves as a place for self-cultivation, solitary contemplation, as well as for social or literary gatherings.

For the first time, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art displays its entire permanent collection of artwork celebrating these recurring themes in Chinese gardens.

[Mike Hearn, Met Museum Asian Art Department Head]:
“It introduces one thousand years of Chinese painting history, all focused on the theme of Chinese gardens, and how gardens have been an inspiration for artists throughout the centuries.”

“Chinese Gardens—Pavilions, Studios, Retreats” features over 60 paintings—together with ceramics, carved bamboo, lacquer ware, metalwork, textiles, and photographs.

Met Museum Asian Art Department Head and curator of the exhibition, Mike Hearn talks about the key themes and elements in Chinese gardens.

[Mike Hearn, Met Museum Asian Art Department Head]:
“They initially were built to attract immortals. Immortals are another theme that percolates throughout garden history, as well as pavilions, which are always the focal point in gardens. Either you built a pavilion at a beautiful spot for the view or it became itself part of the view.”

One of the highlights of the exhibition is “The Palace of Nine Perfections” by a 17th century artist. The splendor of the traditional Chinese garden is set in 12 hanging scrolls, presenting an imaginary landscape of a seventh-century palace.

[Mike Hearn, Met Museum Asian Art Department Head]:
“In 1689, the city of Yangzhou welcomed the Kangxi emperor on his second Southern Inspection Tour…this painting actually is a representation of how well the Yangzhou society entertained the emperor on his arrival.”

The imperial garden is a source of inspiration of imaginary creations of what an immortal’s dwelling place would look like.

[Mike Hearn, Met Museum Asian Art Department Head]:
“These gardens were often meant to evoke paradises. So this wonderful 18-foot wide panoramic of a Tang Dynasty garden was so vast that the emperor had to ride on horseback between different pavilions.”

Hearn talks about retreat—a recurring theme in Chinese garden art.

[Mike Hearn, Met Museum Asian Art Department Head]:
“Reclusion, withdrawal from politics and the dusty world of commerce is a major theme. So we have a number of images that talk about, illustrates the idea of withdrawal into the landscapes, escaping either changing dynasties or commercial pressures.”

He elaborates this theme with the bottle imagery.

[Mike Hearn, Met Museum Asian Art Department Head]:
“The bottle was a metaphor for a world you could escape into. You can make yourself small, go into a bottle, or go into a gourd, and find another universe there.”

The Chinese character for bottle looks like a Han Dynasty bottle with a lid on it. Hearn explains how this becomes a way to find immortal happiness for the Taoist painter whose nickname was square bottle.

Every art piece tells a story—like the “Palace Banquet.” This is a hanging scroll in ink and color on silk, dating back to the late 10th–11th century.

The painting depicts a narrative sequence of the rendezvous between Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty and his imperial consort Yang Guifei.

[Mike Hearn, Met Museum Asian Art Department Head]:
“The sad ending of the story is that so infatuated was the emperor with Yang Guifei that he neglected the affairs of the state. And An Lushan rebelled, forcing the emperor to flee. The palace guard refused to take the emperor to safety unless they put Yang Guifei to death.”

Hearn explains the message behind the story in the painting.

[Mike Hearn, Met Museum Asian Art Department Head]:
“It reminds you to not be distracted, too distracted by what surrounds you or the state will come to harm and ultimately the dynasty may fall.”

Another recurring theme focuses on how gardens serve a venue for literary gatherings. This is best illustrated in the “Gathering at the Orchid Pavilion”—a hand scroll in ink and color on paper.

It tells the story of the well-known calligrapher Wang Xizhi and his friends meeting at the Orchid Pavilion to hold a poetry competition. Cups of wine float downstream, as poets composed their verses by the meandering river.

[Mike Hearn, Met Museum Asian Art Department Head]:
“The legend of this extraordinary outdoor gathering was a inspiration for later garden designers who often love to create these winding waterways.”

Till January 6th, 2013, Chinese Art lovers will be able to feast their eyes on this collection of “Chinese Gardens—Pavilions, Studios, Retreats” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

By Margaret Trey, PhD

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China Nails Art by LuvableNails

On August 24, 2012, in Chinese Art, by admin

China nail art. Thank you for watching.

This is an ORIGINAL video I created and uploaded by me.
There is NO commercial content or no one has paid me to do it.

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Chinese Candy Making

On August 21, 2012, in Chinese Art, by admin

This art is starting to become rare, even in China. This is a childrens game where you spin a wheel and get whatever pops up on wheel. Instead of spinning, I chose the one I thought would be most interesting to make. The process is very interesting to watch. The people of china are very talented. Lo fi video in a public park in Baoji, China.

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China Nail Art Haul and Chinese Nail Art

On August 18, 2012, in Chinese Art, by admin

Hi you guys! Here it finally is, the nail art haul from my trip to China. I found loads of beautiful goodies there and I am so happy to show you what I found! Rhinestones, glitters, beads, nail art tools, fimos.. you name it, they got it in China. I was so happy to find all those things I can’t find in northern Finland during my trip and with a fraction of the prize. You also asked me to find out what the nail art was like in there, so I added a section dedicated to that at the end of the video. I had my nails done in there twice so I also show you what I wore on my nails during the trip :)

The trip itself was awesome, we had such a good time the whole journey! We were backpacking there and it felt like a true adventure. We only had the flights and 2 first nights booked. We booked the rest of the hostels as we moved on. It was interesting since most of the people didn’t speak english, but we got our messages trough with gestures and a few awkward chinese words 😀 The people were so friendly and kind there, just lovely! During the trip we went to Hong Kong and visited the Peak, shopped, and went sightseeing. Then our trip continued to Hainan island by train and there we went to Sanya – a beach city. We visited a monkey island and saw monkeys live in the first time in our lives. That was so cool! We also ate good seafood, laid on the beach, swam and enjoyed the lovely atmosphere. Then we took the train to Haikou, the northern part of the island, and visited an old volcano crater. We spent the new year there. Lastly we returned to Hong Kong for some last minute shopping, last minute chinese food eating and a lot of geocaching before our flight back home in the middle of ice and snow.

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Disclaimer: I have permission to take and use the pictures of all the nail designs shown at the end of the video. All products were purchased by me. I have no connection to any of the company brands I mention in this video or in the information box. I won’t get financial benefits for mentioning any of the products shown in this video.

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Titles: Bird In Hand (intro), Acoustic2, The Voyage

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Queenslands Gallery of Modern Art presents The China Project, a three-part display that considers contemporary Chinese Art practice.

In this video, Nicholas Ngs delightful soundtrack accompanies Russell Storer as he gives us an insight into the beauty and relevance of the China Project Exhibition.

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Ai Weiwei ‘Never Sorry’

On August 2, 2012, in Chinese Art, by admin

Chinese Artist fights to expose the oppression and corruption of the Chinese government.

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The Art of Dissent in 17th-Century China

On July 15, 2012, in Chinese Art, by admin

Related Exhibition:
The Art of Dissent in 17th-Century China
Masterpieces of Ming Loyalist Art from the Chih Lo Lou Collection
September 7, 2011 — January 2, 2012

Explores expressions of dissent in painting and calligraphy by Ming loyalists living under the Qing rule after the Manchu conquest. The afternoon concludes with a conversation examining art, culture, and dissent in Chinese history.

– The Art of Dissent in 17th-Century China Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Curator in Charge, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
– Post-Traumatic Art: The Wilderness and Its Ghosts in Chinese Painting after 1644 Jonathan Hay, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Panel Discussion:
Speakers Maxwell K. Hearn and Jonathan Hay are joined by Jonathan D. Spence, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University, and Zhixin Jason Sun, Curator of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Watch this talented & skillful craftsman wooing the crowds with his beautifully intricate creations. These candies are definitely too pretty to be eaten!!

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Song Wenzhi (1919-1999, Taicang, Jiangsu Province) studied advertising art in Shanghai when he was young. Later he became a student of Wu Hufan ( 吳湖帆 ), a master of Chinese calligraphy and painting and a renowned connoisseur and collector.

After having studied at the Suzhou Art Training Institute, he taught at secondary schools and normal universities. He joined the Jiangsu Province Traditional Chinese Painting Studio in 1957. Song Wenzhi studied classical Chinese painting techniques of the Four Wangs ( 四王 王時敏、王鑒、王原祁、王翬 ), Western perspectives and color theories, and paintings of Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, and etc.

Song was a director of the Chinese Artists Association, and a vice-chairman of its Jiangsu Branch. Many of his works have been included in international collections.

Important Art of New China 1949-1979 (China Guardian Auction Catalogue 1997, Beijing)
Chen Lusheng, Xin Zhongguo meishu tushi – 1949-1966 [The Art History of the People’s Republic of China – 1949-1966] (Beijing: Zhongguo qingnian chubanshe, 2000) [in Chinese]
Michael Sullivan, Modern Chinese Artists — A Biographical Dictionary (Berkeley, etc: University of California Press, 2006)
Zhongguo meishuguan (ed.), 中国美术年鉴 1949-1989 (Guilin: Guangxi meishu chubanshe, 1993)

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