A Danish great grandfather, who lived and worked in China from 1900 to 1936

An article by journalist Peter Kenworthy about his Danish great grandfather, who lived and worked in China from 1900 to 1936. The article discusses culture, and the nature of Western semi-colonial behaviour, and is based on quotes from reports and letters that he wrote while in and after leaving China. “We talk a lot about culture in the […]

Study Day: Chinese Art at Ashmolean Museum (University of Oxford)

This study day explores the impact of Buddhist paintings from the Dunhuang caves and of Daoist mythology on Modern Chinese artists. Expert presentations followed by object viewing will allow a deeper understanding of the art historical context of works shown in the current Ashmolean exhibition ‘Pure Land: Images of Immortals In Chinese Art’ . 21 […]

Liu’s Garden of Dreams – Royal College of Art

Gardens, a passion shared in both China and Britain for centuries, are deeply rooted in both cultures. In C.18th England, the landscape architect Capability Brown established new trends with smooth-surfaced, undulating grass park-land, intermittently dotted with mature trees and occasional serpentine lakes. In China, classical gardens, consisting of walls, ponds, rocks, trees, flowers-beds and winding paths, date back even further, […]

The Secret Life of Chinese Gardens

A special exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum Broadway An exciting new exhibition has opened at the Ashmolean Broadway. Those with an affinity for Chinese art and history will enjoy the minimalist space, cleverly accented with artistic impressions of Chinese gardens. The Secret Life of Chinese Gardens brings together famous artists and their lesser known contemporaries […]