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DIVINE POWER – The Dragon in Chinese Art

 Event Details
Date : 11 February 2012 – 18 November 2012
Time : 10am – 5pm, Monday to Sunday; Closed on public holidays
Venue : Gallery II and III, Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Category : Museums / Galleries / Public Display Area
Admission : Free Admission
Enquiry : Tel: +852 3943 7416
Organizer : Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

This exhibition, featuring the dragon as its central theme, is organized jointly with the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon, 2012, as well as the 40th anniversary of the Art Museum. The Chinese title of the exhibition, “yunxing yushi” 雲行雨施 is quoted from the Yijing or “Book of Changes”, it means to bestow prosperity broadly and represents the exhibition, which will contain a wide variety of dragon images.

The image of the dragon is first seen on jade and bronze objects of the Neolithic period and Bronze Age. During the Han dynasty a prototype of the dragon was established, often as the Green Dragon of the east, associated with the other creatures of the four directions: the Vermilion Bird of the south, and Xuanwu (Black Tortoise and Snake) of the north, and the White Tiger of the west. From the Tang (618-907) to the Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, dragons were a symbol of imperial authority being used on decrees and the regulation system as well as the emperor’s emblem. It is also considered an auspicious creature. The exhibition will feature almost two hundred exhibits dating from the Neolithic period to the 20th century, including ceramics, bronzes, gold and silver wares, jade, glass, lacquer ware, paintings and textiles, etc. The quality of the exhibits and wide range of media and subject matter reveal the significance that the dragon commands in the eyes of Chinese people.

The exhibits are selected from the collections of the members of the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong, and local public and private collections including those of Cheng Xun Tang, Muwen Tang, Huaihaitang, Dr. S. Y. Yip, and Chang Qing Guan, etc.

A series of educational activities, including lectures, workshops and guided tours will be held during the exhibition period. Further details will be announced in the due course. 



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