The Palace Museum: Dynastic paintings and calligraphy exhibition

The year 2010 sees another three rotations of the exhibition “Dynastic Paintings and Calligraphy in the Palace Museum Collection” in the Gallery of Painting and Calligraphy installed in the Hall of Martial Valor (Wuying dian).

The three rotations, starting from the 7th, are scheduled from April 1 to November 15. Highly recommended masterworks in the 7th rotation (ends on June 15, 2010) of the exhibition are the Southern Song dynasty copy of the Exemplary Women attributed to Gu Kaizhi (345-406), Parallel Sentences of the Hall of Bamboo and Mountains (Zhushan tang) in Regular Script by Yan Zhenqing (708-784), Ladies with Fans attributed to Zhou Fang (act. 8th c.), and Bird Attracted to Ripe Fruit by Lin Chun (act. 2nd half of 12th c.).

A large touch screen has been installed in the exhibition gallery, dedicated to displaying the high-resolution digital image of the famous painting Life along the Bian River at the Pure Brightness Festival (Qingming shanghe tu) from the Museum’s collection. The beauty of this interactive application is that it not only enables viewers to zoom in and out the painting to examine it into incredibly minute details, but automatically broadcasts the corresponding background episodes once they drag a particular detail of the painting to the center of the screen and zoom it in to a proper degree. The script of the audio is created based on scholars’ research into the rich and various scenes depicted on the long scroll. This “audio painting” vividly presents the hustle and bustle of the 10th century capital city Kaifeng, providing a new experience to the viewers.

Meanwhile, small interactive screens installed in the exhibition gallery provide detailed information on the works. In addition, a digital gallery extends the exhibition to include a virtual display of the finest paintings and calligraphic works from the Museum’s collection. For foreign visitors interested in Chinese art, the museum has added English subtitles to the two videos already shown in the exhibition, which introduce Chinese painting and calligraphy, respectively.

A Chinese-English bilingual catalogue will be soon published to parallel the exhibition. To purchase the catalogue, you can contact the Forbidden City Publishing House via email:



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