Metropolitan Museum of Art announces The Printed Image in China, 8th-21st Century

. April 15, 2012 . 0 Comments

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents some of the finest and most celebrated prints ever produced in China in the special exhibition “The Printed Image in China, 8th-21st Century” an exhibition on view May 5–July 29, 2012.

Unidentified artists. General Guan Yu, Qing dynasty, early 18th century. Mianzhu, Sichuan Province. Woodblock print, ink and color on paper with additional hand-coloring; 46.6 x 25.2 cm. British Museum (Asia 1928,0323,0.40). © The Trustees of the British Museum. All rights reserved.

China invented both paper and printing and this exhibition presents an outstanding survey of the art of Chinese printing from the time of its inception around the early eighth century through its burgeoning as an artistic medium during the seventeenth century and its continued vitality as a medium for both popular culture and political commentary during the twentieth century. The exhibition will consist of approximately 136 prints drawn from the encyclopedic holdings of the British Museum.

The exhibition was organized by the British Museum with the support of the American Friends of the British Museum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, “to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction.

Related Events:

Exhibition Tour—The Technology and Imagery of Chinese Woodblock Prints in The Printed Image in China, 8th–21st Century
May 5, 2012 Free with Museum admission

The Printed Image in China—A British Museum Collection and Its History
May 11, 2012 Free with Museum admission

Exhibition Tour—The Technology and Imagery of Chinese Woodblock Prints in The Printed Image in China, 8th–21st Century
May 20, 2012 Free with Museum admission

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New York, New York 10028-0198
Phone: 212-535-7710
www.metmuseum.org

Category: Fine Art

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