CANBERRA -- A unique exhibition, the first in Australia, will explore the grand historical sweep of Chinese art and calligraphy traditions at the National Museum of Australia (NMA) starting on Friday.
The exhibition, namely The Historical Expression of Chinese Art: Calligraphy and Painting from the National Museum of China (NMC), consists of more than 100 objects from China. It features an animated digital experience that brings historical figures to life in intricate moving detail.
"This exhibition goes to works of art. It goes to the heart of Chinese culture. What can you have when you try to speak to the long history of the Chinese people?" said Mathew Trinca, director of NMA. "(Calligraphy and ink painting) are not only able to tell us about the nature of Chinese art, but the broad society as well."
Shan Wei, deputy director of NMC, said that calligraphy and ink painting have a long history in Chinese culture. "Through this exhibition, we hope to share with the Australian audience the artistic interpretation of Chinese painting and calligraphy on history and life, the aesthetic concept contained in it, the spiritual pursuit embodied in it, and the philosophy of life of Taoism and nature."
A highlight of the exhibition is a rare 20-meter-long replica of the first scroll of Emperor Qianlong's Southern Inspection Tour. The original painting, completed in the mid 18th century, consisted of 12 scrolls with the to