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Fragile Beauty From China
June 11, 2008   
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The Asian Gallery of Warsaw's Asia and Pacific Museum is hosting an exhibition entitled Kruche piÍkno (Fragile Beauty). This is the first presentation in Poland of paintings on glass, a comparatively obscure branch of Chinese art.

Unlike European glass painting, Chinese glass painting is not a type of folk art. It originated from European Rococo art which Giuseppe Castiglione, a Jesuit missionary and painter who worked at the emperor's court, brought to China in the 18th century. In the 19th century, Chinese artists shook off European conventions and started employing Chinese styles and subjects in glass painting.

The exhibition consists of almost 40 paintings from the 19th to the mid-20th century. The pictures include portraits of women and women with children, genre scenes, still life, landscapes and paintings inspired by the mythology and literature of China. Some of them are painted on mirrors.

The exhibition is particularly charming because of the lively colors and graceful human figures in the paintings, coupled with the rich symbolism in flowers and fruit and the plain frames with highly decorative hooks.

Until July 20
Asia and Pacific Museum, Asian Gallery, 5 Freta St., tel. 0-22 635-28-11
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