Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900

V&A , Brompton Tuesday November 12 2013 10:00 - 17:45
Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900
'Saying Farewell at Xunyang' (detail), Qiu Ying (1495-1552). © The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

The V&A's autumn 2013 exhibition brings together examples of Chinese painting from the beginning of the eighth century to the end of the 19th century. Presenting an overview of one of the world's greatest artistic traditions, more than 100 works, including some of the earliest surviving Chinese paintings, chart evolving themes and aesthetic preferences over the centuries – from figure paintings on silk for tombs and temples to the rise of landscape painting and the introduction of Western influences. Works on display range from small-scale intimate works created by monks and literati to scroll paintings more than 12 metres long. But perhaps most intriguing of all are four works by Taiwanese animation company Bright Ideas, in which paintings from the exhibition are digitally brought to life. Head to the Sackler Centre Foyer to see the two most immersive: Qui Ying's landscape 'Saying Farewell at XunYang', which allows visitors to add colour, animate animals and activate the painted figures to wave goodbye; and Chen Rong's 'Nine Dragons', which chase coloured globes guided by visitors' bodies across the installation.

Exhibition curator Hongxing Zhang selects six works to seek out here.


Venue name: V&A
Address: Cromwell Rd
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-5.45pm; Fri 10am-10pm
Transport: Tube: South Kensington
Price: £12
Event phone: 020 7907 7073