Gems of Chinese Painting
中國畫瑰寶


TEXT BY文字提供:Baoping Li 李寶平
IMAGES COURTESY OF 圖片提供:BRITISH MUSEUM 大英博物館

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The Yangzi River runs through an area of south-east China known as Jiangnan (literally ‘south of the river’) that has been one of the country’s most prosperous and culturally productive regions. The paintings and ceramics in the exhibition Gems of Chinese Painting reflect the diverse life of its inhabitants, such as the elegant literati scholars and wealthy merchants, as well as fishermen and farmers. Landscape paintings from along the Yangzi River show lush, fertile fields and rolling hills and highlight the region’s famous gardens. Paintings and ceramics from Jiangnan have shaped in great part our image of traditional China.

Jiangnan is also a region where some of the finest examples of the Chinese concept of the three arts – poetry, calligraphy and painting – were produced. It is the home of China’s patriarchs of calligraphy and painting, including Gu Kaizhi (c. 344–406).

The famous Admonitions Scroll, traditionally attributed to Gu Kaizhi, is an early example for the combination of the three arts. It is one of the most important Chinese paintings to survive anywhere in the world. Due to its fragility and for conservation reasons, it is rarely shown and will now be on display in the exhibition between 5 June and 16 July. After this there will be a digital version of the scroll on an interactive touchscreen.

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長江(揚子江)貫穿中國東南部,這一地區也被叫做“江南”,一直以來是中國最為繁榮也是文化生產力最強的地區之一。大英博物館的《中國畫瑰寶》展覽展出的繪畫和陶瓷製品反映出當地居民多元化的生活,如優雅的文人階層和富有的商人階層,以及漁民和農民日常生活。山水畫中展示了長江沿岸鬱鬱蔥蔥的田野和連綿起伏的丘陵,著重展示了極富特色的江南園林景觀。來自江南地區的繪畫和瓷器在很大一個程度上塑造了人們對傳統中國的印象。

江南地區也是中國最高水準詩、書、畫藝術的產出重鎮,出現了很多著名的極具藝術造詣的中國書畫大家,東晉畫家顧愷之便是其中一位。

著名的《女史箴圖》據信為顧愷之所畫,是中國詩書畫藝術三合一的一個早期印證。這幅作品也是全世界範圍內存世作品中最為重要的一件中國畫作品。由於這幅畫作極為珍貴,而且鑒於中國古畫的材質不易保存和維護,因此極少有機會公開展示,此次展覽將在6月5日到7月16日期間對公眾展示《女史箴圖》的原本,此後該畫卷的數碼版本將通過互動觸屏來展示。

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展覽場地:BRITISH MUSEUM 大英博物館
展覽時間:3.4.2014 – 31.8.2014
更多信息:www.britishmuseum.org