The Rebirth of the Canon:
The Art of the Copy in Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

Museum für Asiatische Kunst

Within any particular art-form, the canon is the collection of works which are generally recognized as being the most influential of their respective eras. A characteristic phenomenon in the development of Chinese painting and calligraphy is that Chinese artists always learned by imitating classical works. This does not mean, however, that they were not creative or original. Their distinctive practice was to model themselves on the canon, learning, by copying, to paint in the historical styles of the old masters, but on this foundation they went on to create their own completely individual styles.

The process could be seen as a generational struggle; old masters versus up-and-coming artists. The old masters created their masterpieces; the young artists copied the masters' formulas and techniques, at first imitating, but then transcending them, and finally becoming recognised masters themselves. In this way the canon was continually reborn and rewoven into the fabric of Chinese art.

The exhibition focuses on this characteristic practice in Chinese painting and calligraphy, using selected masterpieces from the East-Asian Collection of the Museum of Asian Art to illustrate this fascinating learning process.

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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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