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To Boldly Go Where No Painter Has Gone Before
Chinese Painting in the “Long 17th Century” (1570 – 1720)

28.02.2024 to 28.08.2024
Humboldt Forum

The turbulent transition between the Ming and Qing dynasties was a period of scientific curiosity and engagement with the material world. Whether Ming loyalists who feared for their existence and expressed themselves through bleak, peopleless landscapes, professional painters who catered to the new market of the emerging middle class, or orthodox court painters whose works followed the tradition of literati painting and were intended to please the emperor: the long 17th century encouraged artists to produce bold new works.


If something is not contemporary (shi), it is not outstanding. It is not contemporary if it does not exhaust the new (xin) and transform [style] to the extreme.

Yuan Hongdao (1568 – 1610)


Birgitta Augustin curated the exhibition.

This temporary presentation of the Museum für Asiatische Kunst,  Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is part of the permanent exhibition of Ethnological Collections and Asian Art at the Humboldt Forum.

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