Elegant Gifts
Social Networking through Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

25.09.2012 to 10.03.2013
Museum für Asiatische Kunst

Chinese literati, painters and calligraphers have always presented their essays, poems, and paintings as gifts to colleagues, relatives, pupils or teachers, as tokens of friendship or special attachment.

These elegant gifts often expressed gratitude for a service rendered commemorated special events such as farewells or birthdays, or recorded bonds of friendship. Sometimes, they just resulted from a whim. Whatever the circumstances, an inscription usually documented the circumstances of the gift.

This exhibition focuses on the special function of paintings and calligraphies as gifts, using selected masterpieces from the collection of the Asian Art Museum as examples. It shows how Chinese literati, painters and calligraphers used their art to build their social networks.

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Please note that due to preparations for the transfer to the Humboldt Forum the Collection of South, Southeast, and Central Asian Art on the ground floor, that contains, amongst others, the famous 'Turfan' collection as well as art from India, have been closed since 11 January 2016.

Extended opening time Fri 6 to Sun 8 January 2017
Over the weekend of 7–8 January, the Ethnologisches Museum and the Museum für Asiatische Kunst will open their doors for the last time at their current location, before preparing in readiness for the move to Humboldt Forum. For this reason, the opening hours on this weekend will be extended and special events will be on offer.
Fri 6 January 2017: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sat 7 January 2017: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sun 8 January 2017 : 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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