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Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting

Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting
Cleveland Museum of Art
March 9, 2016

Until Sunday April 24,2016 visitors can see the Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery | Gallery 011.

Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at Cleveland Museum of Art

Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at Cleveland Museum of Art

Drawn from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s renowned collection of Chinese paintings and in celebration of the museum’s 100th anniversary in 2016, this small but potent exhibition features ten masterworks of Chinese art. A fine assemblage in various subjects and styles, spanning from the Song to the Qing dynasties, provides a visual feast: all are rare treasures and iconic works.

Streams and Mountains Without End (detail), 1100–1150. China, late Northern Song dynasty (960–1127) to the Jin dynasty (1115–1234). Handscroll, ink and slight color on silk; 35.1 x 1,103.8 cm. Gift of the Hanna Fund 1953.126.

Streams and Mountains Without End (detail), 1100–1150..

From the grand conception of the cosmic order in a monumental Song dynasty landscape to the intimate visions in literati paintings, from the representations of the natural and human world to the free imaginings of the mythical and religious realms, and from the pursuit of antiquity to the selective borrowing of foreign styles, these works offer fascinating insights into a venerable Chinese art tradition marked by diversity and transformation. Given that the fragile, light-sensitive artworks can only be displayed in limited rotation, this exhibition provides an exceptional opportunity for enjoying these masterworks all at once.

The exhibition also celebrates the release of a new book, Silent Poetry: Chinese Paintings from the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art by Ju Hsi Chou and Anita Chung, which presents the most up-to-date research on the museum’s significant holdings.

A highlight is the long piece entitled Portraits of Emperor Quianlong, the Empress and Eleven Imperial Consorts.

Anthony Yen anmd Portraits of Emperor Quianlong, the Empress and eleven Imperial Consorts

Cleveland Chinese community leader Anthony Yen showing the length of Portraits of Emperor Quianlong, the Empress and eleven Imperial Consorts


Portrait of Emperor Quianlong

Portrait of Emperor Quianlong

Portrait of Emperor Quianlong, the Empress and Eleven Imperial Consorts at Cleveland Museum of Art

Anthony Yen told how only a Jesuit priest and eunuchs were allowed to actually see the Empress or the Consorts.

Anthony Yen

Anthony Yen

One of the Imperial Consorts

Here are 4 of the Imperial Consorts

One of the Imperial Consorts

One of the Imperial Consorts

One of the Imperial Consorts

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Some of the CMA International Council visiiting the exhibit

Some of the CMA International Council visiting the exhibit


You only have until April 24, 2016 to see Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting at the Cleveland Museum of Art.





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