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Bu Ju
Laying Out a Composition

25.08.2022 to 28.02.2023
Humboldt Forum

Bu ju is a traditional term in Chinese painting. It refers to the concept of image composition, which is also used in literature. The focus of this exhibition is to show how the artists played with devices such as foreshortening, multiple perspectives and formats to create personal spaces in mountain landscapes.

In Chinese painting, the painters often layout a composition not with the focus on realism, as in European painting. One reason is that the painter depicts a place or a subject as he or she feels it, not as he or she sees it. Composing a Chinese ink painting needs precise planning since once the brush touches the paper, the ink gets absorbed immediately and corrections are then no longer possible.

This temporary presentation of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin was curated by Birgitta Augustin and is part of the permanent exhibition Ethnological Collections and Asian Art in the Humboldt Forum.

Buddha (Pakistan, 2--3. century) in the module "Buddhist Art in South Asia. Stupas, Buddhas,
Bodhisattvas" of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst in the Humboldt Forum
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Alexander Schippel

Permanent exhibition

Jin Tingbiao (tätig 1757 – 1767), portrait of Arigun, first Series of 50 Portraits of Meritorious Officials: Conquering Xinjiang, detail, China, Qing-Dynasty (1644 – 1911), dated 1760, fragments of a handscroll
© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst

25.08.2022 to 28.02.2023

10178 Berlin

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