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2nd Anniversary of the Opening of Tsinghua University Art Museum

2nd Anniversary of the Opening of Tsinghua University Art Museum

Tsinghua University Art Museum was officially opened to the public on September 11th, 2016, following the opening ceremony on September 10th, that same year. On September 10th, 2018, the museum celebrated its second anniversary.

To celebrate it having been opened now for its second year, the museum opened nine exhibitions.

The first exhibition, open from August 16, 2018 to October 7, 2018, is called “Bright Glory—The Aesthetics of Yuan Yunfu.” It attempts to cherish the memory of Mr. Yuan Yunfu, and prize the artist's life path and significance in art history through the organization, interpretation and description of his artistic thoughts and works, while delving into the historical traditions and ideological development track of the Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua University.

The second exhibition, the Koji Kinutani Exhibition, is open from September 1, 2018 to September 23, 2018, and tries to explore the future of the relations between these two countries with the force of art in the long history through a selection of masterpieces of Koji Kinutani along with his other works themed on China introduces the artist in three units.

“Foster + Partners: Sustainable Communities | Shared Futures” is an exhibition that is open from July 24, 2018 to October 7, 2018, while investigating the work of the world-renowned architectural studio led by Norman Foster, through the lens of sustainability by focusing on the Foster + Partners' integrated design approach that combines expertise from several disciplines from engineering and research to industrial design.

Another exhibition is “Classics on Bamboo Slips” - Documentary Exhibition of Tsinghua Bamboo Slips.” These “Tsinghua Bamboo slips” are the cultural relics unearthed from the tomb in Kingdom Chu in the middle Warring States Period in Chinese history, totaling approximately 2,500 pieces (including some broken ones).

“Tsinghua Treasures – Selected Silk Embroidery Exhibition of Tsinghua University Art Museum Collection – Textile” is an exhibition that captures the Ming Dynasty’s Round Chinese silk Kesi with phoenix and peony patterns, Qing Dynasty’s Kesi Buddha with “Infinite Life Buddha” patterns, Red and Soft Silk Changyi Gown embroidered with “Jinyumantang” designs and Blue Kesi Imperial Robe.

"Tsinghua Treasures - The Art of Chinese Ink and Brush Exhibition of Tsinghua University Art Museum Collection–Painting and Calligraphy II" has a rich collection of Chinese ancient and modern paintings and calligraphy. The vast majority of these paintings and calligraphy collections originate from the old possession of the former Central Academy of Arts and Design. With representative works of various genres and famous artists from various periods since Ming dynasty, they can clearly and systematically reflect the development of Chinese painting and calligraphy.

Another exhibition, titled as “Tsinghua Treasures – Bilt to Suit Exhibition of Tsinghua University Art Museum Collection—Furniture,” holds some of the 50 plus pieces of famous Ming-style furniture mainly made of yellow pears, red sandalwood and other materials.

The eighth exhibition is titled as the “Autumn Charm of Miu Pusun – The paintings of Chrysanthemums,” and is opened from August 25, 2018 to March 17, 2019. The album displays Miu Pusun’s One Hundred Chrysanthemum Pictures, counting one hundred leaves, displayed 187 kinds of chrysanthemum flowers.

Last but not least, the “Tsinghua Treasures – The Sunset Glow Exhibition of Tsinghua University Art Museum Collection – Porcelain” exhibition displays pottery made in Jingdezhen kiln factory in Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Period from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Clearly, all of these exhibitions show the artistic history of China and some artwork created by some renowned artists.

(Photos from Tsinghua University Art Museum)

Tsinghua University Art Museum owns more than 13,000 pieces of collections, covering six major categories, namely, painting and calligraphy, embroidery, porcelain, furniture, bronze ware and comprehensive artwork. Most of the collections are from Academy of Arts & Design since 1956, and donations from Tsinghua alumni or some social elites.

Writer: Celina Jiang
Editor: Guo Lili