Heaven and earth in Chinese art: treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei

Heaven and earth in Chinese art

treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei

2 February - 5 May 2019
except 19 April

Charges apply

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see some of the highest artistic achievements across 5000 years of Chinese history from the Neolithic period to the 19th century.

The National Palace Museum, Taipei, holds one of the finest collections of Chinese art in the world. Accumulated by emperors over centuries, this collection was only accessible to the imperial elite for hundreds of years and is now rarely seen outside Taipei.

Drawing on this exceptional collection, Heaven and earth in Chinese art offers Australian audiences the privilege to see in Sydney a selection of these breathtaking treasures, the power of which is undiminished by time.

Celebrating the rich heritage of Chinese civilisation through the ancient concept of tian ren he yi (unity or harmony between heaven, nature and humanity), the exhibition presents 87 artworks including paintings, calligraphy, illustrated books, bronzes, ceramics, jade and wood carvings. One of the highlights is the famous Dongpo pork or Meat-shaped stone from the Qing dynasty.

This is the first time the National Palace Museum has ever sent its collection to the southern hemisphere. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the exclusive venue.